Art Competition

Shannon Magnaldi of Fairfield, the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, with her winning entry in the US Capitol. The photo hangs in a hallway most Members of Congress use to go take votes.

Shannon Magnaldi of Fairfield, the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, with her winning entry in the US Capitol. The photo hangs in a hallway most Members of Congress use to go take votes.

Each spring the United States House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students. The winning entry from Connecticut's 4th Congressional District is displayed in the United States Capitol alongside artwork from every congressional district across the country.

I encourage all high school students who reside in or attend school in the 4th Congressional District to participate. Submissions must be original and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be two-dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography. Entries are judged by a panel of local artists and representatives of arts organizations in our district.

Students interested in entering this year’s competition must complete and sign a release form and fax it to my Bridgeport office at (203) 333-6655, attention Paul Coyle. Forms are required to be sent no later than April 22, 2014. Participants may find the release form at http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/pdf/student-information-release-form.pdf. Artwork, along with a copy of the student information and release form affixed to the back, should be delivered or shipped to Congressman Himes’s Bridgeport office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

All high school students who reside or attend school in the Fourth Congressional District are encouraged to participate. Artwork submitted must be original and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be 2 dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography. Further information and guidelines can be accessed on the U.S. House of Representatives website through the link: http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/

Each year, I host an awards ceremony and reception, where all entries are displayed and the winners are announced. This is one of my favorite annual events, and meeting the student artists and their families is something I look forward to each May. The 2013 ceremony was held at POP CITY in Norwalk. Shannon Magnaldi of Fairfield Warde High School won the competition for her entry, "Off Peak."

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