Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.  All high school students who are residents of the 7th District of North Carolina are encouraged to participate.  The winning entry will be displayed in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. 

“This year’s art competition is an opportunity for students to creatively express what they love most about our beloved Tarheel State.  The winning artist from the 7th District will have their artwork on display for eleven months in the Capitol tunnel which is seen by thousands of visitors from across the country, Congressional staffers and members of Congress.  Every time I go to the House floor to vote, I walk through this tunnel which serves as a constant reminder of the impressive talent and creativity fostered in high schools throughout North Carolina and across the country.”

This year, high school students from across the 7th Congressional District are invited to enter their best artwork reflecting the theme, “What I Love About North Carolina.”  Students wishing to participate in this year’s Art Competition are asked to submit their artwork to one of Congressman Rouzer’s three District offices, located in Smithfield, Bolivia and Wilmington by Friday, March 25, 2016.

Each student will be allowed to submit up to two (2) entries.  Winners are presented with two round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to visit the nation’s capital and attend an exclusive reception inside the U.S. Capitol honoring the country’s winners courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Guidelines for the 2016 Artwork:

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional;
  • Each piece must be no larger than 28”x28”x4” - including the frame;
  • Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs;
  • Work entered must be in the original; and,
  • All work submitted must be framed or have reinforced backing and be ready to hang on the exhibition wall.

Acceptable mediums for submissions:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor etc.;
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers;
  • Collage;
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints;
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.;
  • Computer generated art; and,
  • Photography.

The deadline for students to submit their artwork is Friday, March 25.  There will be a reception on Friday, April 22nd in Bolivia, NC, for all participants to attend.  Congressman Rouzer will formally announce the 7th District Art Competition winner at the reception.  All entries will also be posted to his Facebook page prior to the Art Competition reception where a “Fan Favorite” winner will be determined.  Students interested in participating in the competition are encouraged to contact Lisa Littler in my Smithfield office at (919) 938-3040.