U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Monday announced the opening of California’s 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The annual art competition will feature an official winner, selected by a panel of local judges, and a “Valley Vote” winner, chosen by an online voting competition open to the public.
Submissions for artwork are now being accepted for this year’s competition. All artwork and release forms must be delivered to Rep. Denham’s Modesto office at 4701 Sisk Road, Ste. 202 no later than 5 p.m. PST Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Artwork that does not meet all of the requirements will not be eligible for consideration by the panel of judges and will not be included in the online gallery for public voting.
All artwork will be posted on Rep. Denham’s website on April 26 and the public will be invited to participate by casting a vote for their favorite submission. Online voting will close at noon PST on Monday, May 8. Individuals may only vote once and for one submission. A public reception to honor all participants and announce the winners of the official and “Valley Vote” contests will take place on Monday, May 8.
The official winner, as determined by the panel of judges, will have their artwork hung as a representation of California’s 10th Congressional District in the national exhibition located in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol, where thousands of visitors pass through each year. The winning student and one guest will be invited to the annual awards ceremony hosted on Capitol Hill in June of 2017. A scholarship may also be offered to the winner to fly to D.C. for the reception and announcement of the national winner. The winner of the “Valley Votes” competition will have their artwork hung and featured in Rep. Denham’s D.C. office. The second and third place winners in the official contest will have the opportunity to have their art displayed in Rep. Denham’s Modesto office.
The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982, and since then, more than 650,000 students have participated. More information, including a list of official guidelines is available through Rep. Denham’s website.