The winner will have his or her piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year alongside winning entries from across the country and will be invited to attend the opening ceremonies in Washington, D.C., in June. The runners-up will have their work displayed in Himes' congressional offices in Stamford and Bridgeport.
"The annual Congressional Art Competition is a great way to highlight the importance of the arts and provide a unique showcase for our region's young artists," Himes said. "I invite all high school students who are passionate about the arts to participate in this year's contest, and I look forward to welcoming the winner to Washington."
Entries will be judged by a panel of community artists with teaching and gallery experience. Himes will host an awards ceremony and reception in the district.
Students in the 4th Congressional District interested in entering must complete and sign a release form and fax it to the congressman's Bridgeport office at 203-333-6655, attention Paul Coyle. Forms are required to be sent no later than April 22. Participants may find the release form at www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/.
Artwork must be original and can be in the form of paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art or photography.
For information, visit himes.house.gov/services/art-competition.