2015 Congressional Art Competition Open To Young Roselle Park Artists

The 2015 Congressional Art Competition for the 10th District is open to Roselle Park artists in high school. Winning artwork will hang in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for an entire year.

The upcoming deadline for student registration (not artwork submission) is Friday March 27th. This deadline is simply to notify Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr.’s office that artwork will be submitted.

The deadline for artwork submission has been extended till Monday, April 7th, according to Blake Johnson, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Congressman.

Most students were notified through their schools of the competition earlier in the year.

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The competition, entitled “An Artistic Discovery”, is part of a nationwide program to encourage young people to utilize visual arts as a medium for self-expression. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in New Jersey’s 10th district.

The 10th Congressional District Art Competition allows beginners and advanced art students to create their own personal masterpiece and have it displayed in a professional museum. All students who participate receive certificates and prizes. The grand prize winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the United States Capitol Building for an entire year. Later, he or she will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a national ceremony with other winners from around the country. Additionally, the Newark Museum, which has provided a prestigious venue for the art competition display, will hold a reception for parents, students, and teachers.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 28-inches long, 28-inches wide, and 4-inches deep. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

More information as well as forms and guidelines can be found at Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr.’s website (link).

Anyone with questions about the Art Competition or is interested in finding out how students and schools can participate, please feel free to contact Blake Johnson at Congressman Payne’s Newark office at (973)-645-3213.