Mar 21, 2006
Press Release

- May 20 art show to celebrate area talent before winner is revealed


NASHVILLE - The deadline for submissions to the 26 th Annual Congressional Art Competition will be Friday, May 12, 2006, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced today. High school students from the 5th Congressional district will have the change to have their artwork seen by millions in a special exhibit at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Since it was founded by the House of Representatives' Congressional Art Caucus in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition entitled, "An Artistic Discovery," has given over 650,000 student artists nationwide the opportunity to have their work displayed in the Capitol exhibit.

"I encourage 5th District high school artists to get involved in this year's Congressional Art Competition," Cooper said of the event. "This is a unique opportunity to get national exposure and show the rest of the country the outstanding artistic talent we have here in Middle Tennessee."

In addition to having his or her artwork shown in the national exhibit in Washington, D.C., the 5th District winner will also receive an invitation to attend the exhibit's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 28, 2006. Additionally, the winner will be awarded two round-trip tickets to the event from Southwest Airlines, a private tour of the Capitol and an Artistic Honors Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 to Savannah College of Art and Design.

Congressman Cooper will announce the winner of the Congressional Art Competition at a special reception and art show displaying all entries from across the 5th Congressional District. The art show will take place on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 am at Cooper's District office.

The competition is open to all 5th District high school students. Entries must be two-dimensional, but may be any of the following categories: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, computer-generated art, photography, or mixed media. The winning piece is selected by a panel of local artists.

The submission deadline for artwork is Friday, May 12, 2006 at 5:00 pm. Interested students should contact their high school art instructor or Kathy Floyd-Buggs in Cooper's office at (615) 736-5295. Competition details and guidelines are also available on Cooper's website at