Congressional High School art competition now open

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WASHINGTON  – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that high school students in the Iowa’s Second Congressional District may now begin to submit their original artwork to be considered for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The annual competition is hosted by the United States House of Representatives to recognize talented young artists from across the nation. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception held in their honor and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The deadline for entries to be received is April 13th.

“Year after year, the vast amount of talent that Iowa’s students display continues to amaze me. The creativity of our talented young artists demonstrates that the arts are thriving in Iowa,” said Loebsack. For a young artist, having your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol is quite a remarkable accomplishment. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and meeting the winning student.”

Once again, to make the contest as easy as possible and open to as many students as possible, this year’s winner will be chosen by the public through an online vote. Details on how to submit art work are available by clicking here to visit Loebsack’s website. All entries must be received no later than Friday, April, 13th at 5:00pm CDT. The artist of the winning piece will receive two round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the reception and unveiling of their artwork in the Capitol (all other expenses must be covered by the winner). For additional details about the competition, students or teachers should contact David Leshtz at 319-351-0789 or by email at

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