Every spring, the United States House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for high school students across our nation. The annual competition provides an opportunity for students across the country to exhibit their artwork and receive national recognition. The competition also symbolizes the important role that the arts play in American society.

The first place winning entry from each congressional district is displayed in the corridor tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, where it is seen by thousands of people.

I am now requesting submissions to the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. All local high school students in the 20th Congressional District are invited to participate by submitting up to three pieces of original student artwork.

Entries must be submitted to my Salinas or Santa Cruz District offices, by April 28th, 2015. Submitted entries will be judged at a reception on May 4th, 2015 beginning at 5pm at the Salinas Police Activities League Youth Center (old Armory hall, across the street from the Salinas PD), 100 Howard Street, Salinas, CA 93901.

The first place winner will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C. from Southwest Airlines, and will join students from across the country to be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C. in mid-June. The winning student's artwork will also be displayed in the Capitol for a year.

Artwork must be original, two-dimensional and when framed cannot be larger than 28 inches x 28 inches x 4 inches. Categories for competition include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photography.

The Artistic Discovery competition encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of young Americans. Students are allowed to submit various styles and types of art, ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and mixed media pieces. The winners will be determined using criteria based on originality, skill of execution, excellence in use of materials and conceptual strength of the project.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nation-wide competition.

For further questions and full details, please contact Bertha Munoz in Rep. Farr's office at (831) 424-2229. All submissions are due by April 28th, 2015.