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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 12:00 am

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, announced the launch of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for high school students of the 9th district on Wednesday.

The competition is part of a nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students all across the country.

“Every year I’m anxious to see the new artwork that is displayed at the U.S. Capitol,” McNerney said. “The talent of these young artists never ceases to amaze me. I encourage high school students from our community to participate in this year’s competition.”

A panel of judges will select the winning entries and their decision will be announced at a special ceremony and exhibit in June. The grand-prize winner and a guest from the district will be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend the ceremony. The winner’s artwork will also go on display in a busy corridor that leads to the U.S. Capitol, which is used daily by Members of Congress and visitors.

The second-, thirdand fourth-place winners will have their work displayed in one of McNerney’s three offices, located in Washington, D.C., Stockton and Antioch.

The contest is open to all high school-aged students who live in the 9th District. Artwork is due by 5 p.m. April 11, and can be submitted at both of McNerney’s district offices. The address for the Stockton office is 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 7, Stockton, CA 95207; the Antioch office is located at 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531.

Frames are not required on any submission. Artwork must be two-dimensional.

Each piece can be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

Acceptable artwork include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography.

Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition should contact Colleen Isenberg in McNerney’s Antioch office at 925-754-0716 for more guidelines and information.

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