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Bilirakis Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Open for Entries

March 30, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) announced today that he is accepting entries for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, an annual event for artistically-gifted local high school students to showcase their art on a national stage. The overall winner from Florida’s 12th Congressional District will have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, and they will receive complimentary roundtrip airfare for two to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony with winners from around the country. Students should submit their entry to their art teacher for consideration. The deadline for art teacher nominations is Friday, April 28.

“I encourage all high school artists from my district in Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties to submit their best work for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition,” said Bilirakis. “The competition is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of Florida’s 12th District. I look forward to welcoming one lucky winner to the nation’s capital to be recognized among the best student artists in the country. Good luck to all our local young artists!”

Students are asked to submit their entries to their art teacher for consideration. Each teacher may enter up to four student pieces in the competition to be judged by a panel of local art experts. The panel will then choose the overall winner. An event will be held in the district to recognize entries later this spring.

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