Congressman Swalwell opens annual student art competition

Local high-schoolers invited to submit original artwork through April 19

Congressman Eric Swalwell is calling all high school art students in his district to show him their talents and enter into his 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

Open to high-schoolers living anywhere in Swalwell's (D-Dublin) 15th Congressional District -- which includes Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore -- the competition allows teens to show off their original artwork for a chance to have their work displayed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year.

The Congressional Art Competition has been held in congressional districts throughout the country since 1982, with one high-school winner being selected per each district. Winners, along with one family member, are invited to visit the nation’s capital and attend an awards reception, where they will have the opportunity to meet other winners from across the country.

All entries must feature original work by a District 15 high school student. A list of works that will be accepted includes: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photographs.

Submissions may be up to 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, weigh no more than 15 pounds and must arrive at Rep. Swalwell’s district office in Castro Valley, 3615 Castro Valley Blvd., no later than 4 p.m. April 19.

A full list of rules and regulations can be found on Rep. Swalwell’s website.

Last year, then-sophomore Zoe Medlin, from San Ramon's California High School took the top prize in Rep. Swalwell’s competition, winning for her oil painting entitled “Look me in the Face.”

“Every year, I’m dazzled by the amazing talent displayed by the 15th District students who enter our Congressional Art Competition, and this year is no different,” Swalwell said last year after presenting Medlin with her award. “This district is home to dozens of young artists of fantastic ability and vision. I’m humbled to be able to share the top winners’ work with our district and the nation.”

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