Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has announced that this year's Congressional Art Competition will be held at Tracy's Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, located at 715 Central Avenue.
The art showcase will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. An awards ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. that day. The works of art submitted by students from throughout the 11th Congressional District will be on display to the public and McNerney will be on hand to announce the winner of the competition.
The 2010 Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who reside in the 11th Congressional District. Students interested in submitting art should contact Cheri Clasen in McNerney's Pleasanton office at 925-737-0727 for more information on the competition guidelines. Artwork is due by Friday at either of McNerney's offices located in Stockton and Pleasanton.
The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
Each member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district. The winning artwork from each district is then featured in a display in the corridor that connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol, used daily by congress members and visitors to Washington, D.C.
In addition to having his or her artwork on display in the capital, the grand prize winner from the 11th District also will be flown, with a guest, to Washington, D.C., to attend an awards ceremony on June 17.
Dong Seung Shin, a student at California High School in San Ramon, was the grand prize winner of last year's competition for his painting entitled "Home of the San Francisco Crabs."