COOPER INVITES AREA ART STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO CONGRESSIONAL ART SHOW AND RECEPTION

May 8, 2006
Press Release

- Winner of 5th District Congressional Art Competition to be announced


NASHVILLE - Students from across the 5th District are invited to a Congressional Art Show and Reception on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m., U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced.

The exhibit will feature art work of high school students who entered the 2006 Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Cooper will announce the runners-up and first place winner of this year's Art Competition. All high school art students, teachers and families are invited to see the array of student artwork, meet the judges, and learn more about the competition. The art show and reception will be held at Congressman Jim Cooper's office at 706 Church Street in downtown Nashville.

"I encourage all student artists, their families and art teachers to come together and recognize the incredible artistic talent we have right here in Middle Tennessee," Cooper said. "And for the winner of the Congressional Art Competition, this competition means a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their work displayed at the Capitol in Washington. I hope this year's participants, their teachers and family members will be able to attend on May 20th."

The first place winner from the 5th District will have his or her artwork displayed at a special exhibit at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a year and seen by millions of people. The winner will also receive an invitation to attend the exhibit's ribbon-cutting ceremony 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. The 5th District runners-up will have their work displayed in the Congressman's Washington and Nashville offices.

Since it was founded by the House of Representatives' Congressional Art Caucus in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has given over 650,000 student artists nationwide the opportunity to have their work displayed in the Capitol exhibit. All high school art students were invited to submit two-dimensional pieces to the Congressional Art Competition by May 12, 2006. Competition details and guidelines are available on Cooper's website at www.cooper.house.gov.