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Cardoza plans annual student art contest

Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, announced plans for the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students in the 18th District.

The competition provides an opportunity to showcase the talent of creative young artists.

Each member of the House is allowed to exhibit one art entry from a student in his congressional district. The winning entry from Cardoza’s district will be displayed for one year in the frequently used tunnel space between the U.S. Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., a Cardoza spokesman said.

The top finishers will be recognized locally. The winner from each congressional district and one guest are invited to a Capitol Hill reception in June that highlights their accomplishments, along with the hanging of their artwork. The reception traditionally features a celebrity from the entertainment industry.

A professional panel appointed by Cardoza will judge the submissions.


- Participants must be high school students living in the 18th District;

- Artwork must be no larger than 30-inch by 30-inch framed (framing not required) and two-dimensional;

- Eligible forms of artwork are paintings, prints, drawings, collages, computer art, mixed media and photography

- The artwork must depict the Central Valley in some way (people, landscapes, landmarks, etc.);

- A release form certifying the originality of the art piece must be signed by teacher and student. The forms are available at high schools and Congressman Cardoza’s district offices in Stockton, Modesto, and Merced);

- Entries must be submitted by Friday, May 1, to any Cardoza district office.