HAMILTON, N.J. -- The annual 2020 Annual Congressional Art Competition hosted locally by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) is now accepting applications by area youth artists until March 13.  Every year, the Congressional Institute sponsors this national high school visual art competition to recognize and foster artistic talent in each congressional district. 

Last year, the nearly 70 entries represented a variety of styles and mediums. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. 

“Every year, the artwork submitted by the students is impressive,” Smith said. “It is encouraging and inspiring to see such a high level of artistry being pursued by our students and fostered by art teachers in the Fourth Congressional District. Three professional judges, whose artwork will also be on display, will pick the winners.”

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Submissions of entry must be recently completed, or works specifically created just for the competition, must meet the originality, suitability, size and other entry guidelines of the national competition.     The artwork entered into the competition this year will be displayed and open to the public at the Lake Front Gallery of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (RWJ-Hamilton) from March 31 through May 1, with winners announced at the end of the show.

A reception to distribute Congressional Certificates to all participants and announce winners will be held in May.  The top winner—Best in Show—is recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., and is displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The three contest judges are dedicated, experienced local artists who have roots in the community.

To enter a piece of artwork or for more information, call Smith’s Constituent Service Center at (609) 585-7878 or log on to https://chrissmith.house.gov/constituentservices/congressionalartcompetition.htm.  

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