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Butterfield, Jones seeking participants for art competition


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pitt County’s two congressional representatives are encouraging local high school students to participate in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition in their respective districts.

The nationwide event showcases the artistic talents of the nation’s youth, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield said.

“This is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their talent and an exciting chance for them to have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for all to see,” Butterfield said.

“Every year I am inspired by the immense talent of eastern North Carolina students, and I look forward to seeing more amazing pieces of artwork this spring,” U.S. Rep. Walter Jones said.

Since 1982, more than 650,000 high school students across the country have participated in the competition. The winning pieces of art from each congressional district will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Participants must be high school students and they must live in the district they are competing in.

The entries must be two-dimensional; no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick, including frame which is paid for at artist's expense; and the piece cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, including frame. The art may be paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, collages or computer-generated art. It must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Butterfield and Jones have different requirements for submitting the pieces.

Butterfield asks that participants in the 1st Congressional District submit either a photograph of the piece by mail or a digital copy, by email, of the original artwork. He also asks that students offer a one paragraph statement on why they created the piece and what the piece means to them. The students also must send in an information and release form, available at Butterfield’s website, https://butterfield.house.gov/services/art-competition.

The mailing address is: U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, ATTN: 2018 Congressional Art Submission, 2741 Campus Walk Ave., Building 400, Suite 300, Durham, NC 27705. The email address is GKBArt@mail.house.gov with subject line: 2018 Congressional Art Submission.

The deadline for the 1st Congressional District contest is 5 p.m. on April 27.

Jones asks that 3rd Congressional District participants deliver their artwork to Emerge Gallery, 404 S. Evans St., on April 20-21 or April 24-26. The gallery’s hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1- 4 p.m.

A student information and submission form also is available at Jones’ website, https://jones.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition.