U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D–2nd District, is accepting submissions from Hawaii high school artists in her district for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, Gabbard sponsors the Kaha Ki`i Congressional Art Competition as part of a nation-wide high school arts competition.
“Every year, I’m impressed by the talent and creativity of Hawaii’s young artists,” Gabbard said in a news release. “This competition is a great platform for our students to showcase the beauty of our islands and communities from their unique perspective to people from across the state and in our nation’s capital. I’m grateful to the fine arts educators who inspire our young artists every day and encourage them to participate in activities like the Congressional Art Competition.”
All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.
All entries must be two-dimensional and be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and four inches thick when matted and framed. Acceptable mediums include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photography.
Gabbard will announce the winning pieces at a May 13 awards ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol.
The first-place piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, along with winning artwork from all other congressional districts around the country that participate in the nationwide competition.
The deadline to submit artwork to the competition is March 6. Semi-finalists will be announced March 18 and semi-finalists’ artwork will be hung at the Hawaii State Capitol on Saturday, April 1.
Interested applicants can find complete details regarding the competition by visiting Gabbard.house.gov/serving-you/student-resources/art-competition.
Photo of Rep. Gabbard: Lorie Shaull/Flickr