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High School Students Can Have Artwork Shown In Capitol Through Congressional Art Competition

The annual competition gives young artists an opportunity to showcase their work in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

Wendolyn Reyes, senior, Thomas Kelly High School, won the competition in 2019.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — Southwest and Northwest side high school artists have a chance to have their artwork featured in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garicia is accepting applications from high school students within Illinois’ 4th Congressional District for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition.

The district includes Little Village, North Lawndale, Brighton Park, Gage Park, McKinley Park, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Avondale and Belmont Cragin. It also includes parts of suburban Berwyn, Cicero, Melrose Park and Riverside.

The annual competition gives young artists an opportunity to showcase their work alongside winning submissions from each congressional district. The work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The deadline to submit entries is May 3.

“We have many talented, young artists in my district, and we want to find them,” García said in a statement. 

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Congressman Jesus Garcia hosts an exhibit of all the works submitted for the competition in 2019.

The accepted media:

  • Paintings, including oil, acrylics and watercolor.
  • Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers (It is recommended charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed).
  • Collages, must be two-dimensional.
  • Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints.
  • Mixed Media: Use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art.
  • Photography.

Interested applicants can find more information here.

Since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has featured more than 650,000 high school students nationwide.

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