Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest with Online Voting for “People’s Choice” Winner

Senator Adam Schiff visited John Burroughs High School on Thursday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that he will host the annual Congressional Art Competition Forum & Exhibit for the 28th District, featuring high school students’ artwork from the region, on Sunday, May 19. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest, with submissions from across the country. The winner from each Congressional District has their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. In addition, he has opened up the competition with a “People’s Choice” award, which will be decided through an online vote.

To vote for the “People’s Choice,” constituents should go to Schiff’s website. Voting will be open from Monday, May 6th through Wednesday, May 15th.

“Every year, I am amazed at the talent and creativity displayed in the art I receive from high school students across the 28th Congressional District. Last year, the ‘People’s Choice’ competition was such a success, that we decided to continue the tradition this year. Students, their families and constituents from across our community will be able to weigh in, just like the panel of judges, and pick the ‘People’s Choice’ winner online,” said Schiff. “I look forward to seeing all the entries and welcoming artists and their families at the exhibition. Go to my website and vote – I’m excited to see who my constituents pick as the winner.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

The first place winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, the piece awarded second place will hang in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office for one year, and the piece awarded third place will hang in his Burbank District Office for one year. The “People’s Choice” winner’s artwork will also be displayed in Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office.

The winners of the contest will be announced at the 28th Congressional High School Art Competition Forum & Exhibit on Sunday, May 19, 2013. All student participants will receive a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. The exhibit will be held at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge at Van de Kamp Hall located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Parking and admission to Van de Kamp Hall are free. Exhibit viewing will begin at 3:00 pm and the Forum and Awards Presentation will take place at 5:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, please contact Teresa Lamb Simpson in Rep. Schiff’s Burbank District Office at (818) 450 -2900 or (323) 315-5555.