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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York

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Donovan Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

April 3, 2017
Press Release
Nationwide contest open to all high school students; winning artwork to be displayed in U.S. Capitol

Staten Island, NY—April 3, 2017....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today announced that his office is accepting submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Open to high school students around the country, the competition is an opportunity for Staten Island and South Brooklyn students to showcase their artistic talents. One winning submission from each Congressional district will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Participants may submit original paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, computer-generated art, or a combination thereof.

Congressman Donovan said, “The creativity and talent of our Staten Island and South Brooklyn high school students never ceases to amaze me. Each piece, whether a photo, painting, or pencil sketch, highlights the unique perspectives and stories of student artists in our community, and I can’t wait to see this year’s entries.”

Students interested in participating in the competition may begin work on their pieces immediately, but they must register online by May 2 at donovan.house.gov/art-competition. Submissions are due by the evening of May 9, when Congressman Donovan will host an art show with participants and their families at the College of Staten Island. The competition judges will review submissions at the art show and determine a winner by the end of the evening.    

Last year’s winning art piece was a photograph entitled “Free Spirit,” which depicts a Great Blue Heron in flight over Chapin Woods in Dongan Hills. The picture was submitted by Staten Islander Robert Vitali, a student at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn.

Interested students may contact Congressman Donovan’s office at (718) 351-1062 with questions. More information can also be found by visiting: www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition.

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