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Rep. McNerney Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Mar 14, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced that his office is taking submissions for the 2018 National Congressional Art Competition. Sponsored annually by the United States Congress, this competition began in 1982 and serves as a way to showcase the artistic talents and accomplishments of high school students throughout the country. Since its inception, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with this nationwide competition.

“I am always inspired by the creativity and talent I see every year,” said Congressman McNerney. “Art is an outlet for personal expression, and I am excited to see the finished artwork these students work so hard to submit.”

A panel of judges will select the winning entries, and their decision will be announced at a special ceremony and exhibit. The grand prize winner from the district will be flown to Washington, D.C. along with a guest to attend the overall winners’ awards ceremony in June. The winner’s artwork will also go on display in a busy corridor that leads to the U.S. Capitol, used daily by members of Congress, staffers, and visitors to Washington, D.C.  

The second, third and fourth place winners will have their work displayed in one of Congressman McNerney’s three offices, located in Washington, D.C., Stockton, and Antioch.

Rules for Submissions:

The contest is open to all high school students in California’s 9th District.

The deadline to submit artwork is Friday, April 20, 2018.

Entries may be up to 26” x 26” x 4” (including the frame), must be two-dimensional, and may not weigh more than 15 pounds.

The artwork may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Submissions and a release form can be dropped off at either of Congressman McNerney’s district offices. Please see the corresponding addresses below:

Antioch Office                                                    Stockton Office

4703 Lone Tree Way                                          2222 Grand Canal Blvd, Suite 7

Antioch, CA 94531                                            Stockton, CA 95207

Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition should visit Congressman McNerney’s website to download the full rules and guidelines in addition to the required release form for submissions. For additional questions, please contact Congressman McNerney’s Stockton office at (209) 476-8552 or his Antioch office at (925) 754-0716.

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.