2018 congressional art competition announced

Michelle Carmona, a senior from Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County, won the 2017 Georgia Fourth District Congressional Art Competition.

High school students interested in art may now enter this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the contest is open to students who reside or attend a school in the 4th Congressional District—parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County.

“Each year, we gain a new appreciation for every piece of art entered for our annual competition because no matter what colors they use, no matter their interpretation, this is their art,” Johnson said in a press release. “Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are rights we hold dear, and I’m sure all of the pieces submitted will speak to us in some way.”

The Congressional Institute sponsors the Artistic Discovery competition to recognize talented students in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

More than 650 students from the 4th Congressional District have competed in the contest since 2007. Last year’s winners were awarded four college scholarships worth a total of $47,000.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office and panels of district artists, educators and leaders select the winning entries. Winners are recognized in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The grand prize winner’s work is displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

First, second and third place winners’ work will be displayed in the Congressional District office. This year, all work will be unveiled under Johnson’s “Full Steam Ahead” program on the education exhibit hall at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta during the month of May.

All entries are due to Johnson’s district office, 5240 Snapfinger Park Drive, Suite 140, Decatur, GA 30035, by April 13. For more information, rules and guidelines for the 2018 competition, visit www.hankjohnson.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition or call Xeron Pledger or Eric Hubbard at (770) 987-2291.

The 2018 Arts Competition reception will be held on April 21, 9 a.m. at the Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road in Lithonia.

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