Monday, February 22, 2010

The 2010 Congressional Art Competition Seeks Entries

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Congressman Michael Michaud and the Maine Arts Commission invite high school students to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. The selected students will have the opportunity to have their work displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for the entire year, beginning in June. In addition, winners will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. We are looking for examples of high quality, high school two-dimensional art.

First place, second and third runner up
1. Must be a high school student: grades 9-12
2. Work must be two-dimensional
3. Work must be no larger than 28in. by 28 in. to the outside dimensions of the frame
4. Work must be no more than 4 inches in depth
5. Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
6. acceptable categories: Paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc); Drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers); Collage (must be two-dimensional); Prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints; Mixed media (use of more than two mediums); Computer generated art; Photography.

Deadline for entries: March 19, 2010
To be considered for review, work must be submitted in digital format. Actual artwork will not be accepted for review. Image format must be a digital or scanned image saved as JPEG (.jpg) with resolution of 300 dpi or higher at 5” x 7”. When you save your image, use the following naming conventions to name your file:
• Artist name_title of image_year of work.jpg (Example: JaneDoe_Untitled_2004.jpg).
• Maximum of 72 characters in the file name.
• Name cannot contain any spaces or characters other than letters, numbers, underscore or hyphen.
• Work samples must be accompanied by a Maine Arts Commission Congressional Art Competition Entry Form in electronic format that includes student name and contact information, and the title, dimensions, medium and date for each image submitted.
Entries must be submitted in the format above on CD ROM and mailed with accompanying documentation only in electronic format to: Congressional Art Competition, Maine Arts Commission, 25 SHS, Augusta ME 04333-0025. Entries that do not have the specified documentation will not be considered. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in disqualification of your entry. Only complete submissions will be accepted.

For further information, please contact Lindsay Rowe at the Maine Arts Commission, 207/287-6720 or
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