The City of Siloam Springs Public Library is pleased serve as the exhibition venue for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman Steve Womack. The Library will display art from Monday, April 17-Saturday, April 22 and will also entertain an awards reception on Thursday, April 20. This is the seventh year that Congressman Womack will host the exhibition of high school student artwork submitted to his office from across the Third District.
How it works:
A panel of judges will select their top 5 pieces of art and Congressman Womack will announce the finalist for 2017 and honor both a People’s Choice Award and Patriot Award winner at the reception. Work chosen by the judges as the 2017 finalist will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year and be exhibited alongside district finalists from across the country.
The awards reception and finalist announcement will take place at the Siloam Springs Public Library, located at 205 E. Jefferson on Thursday, April 20 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Since 2011, four of the district finalists were students from Siloam Springs High School.
- 2012 – Abby Reimer
- 2013 – Clarissa Magley
- 2014 – Raiden Mayo
- 2016 – Samantha Smith
From Congressman Womack’s website:
Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 3rd District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.
Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The artwork may be
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
- Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media
- Computer Generated Art
All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please visit http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/