W.Va’s Department of Arts, Culture and History begins accepting entries for the 2022 Youth Congress Art Competition

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) will be accepting entries for the 2022 Youth Congress Art Competition until Friday, February 4, 2022. The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions will be made for schools that have grades 7 through 12 on a campus. Art submissions can be mailed or hand delivered to the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston.

The exhibition is scheduled to open at the Cultural Center on Friday March 4, 2022. WVDACH will host an arts workshop and awards ceremony, which will include light refreshments.

Submitted artwork may fall into one of the following categories: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer generated, and photography. Each entry must be original in concept, design and execution and must not violate United States copyright laws. Each student can submit up to two entries.

The artwork should be two-dimensional. Each work of art cannot be more than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Even when framed, it should still measure no more than the maximum dimensions above. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

The winner from each Congressional District will have their artwork on display at the United States Capitol for an entire year as part of the Congressional Art Competition, along with a $ 100 Blick Art Materials gift card. The first three winners will have their work framed by the WVDACH. A $ 50 Blick Art Materials gift card is also awarded to five second place winners. Each participant must submit an information and release form with the teacher’s signature. Students can obtain registration forms with a complete list of rules and guidelines from their school’s art teacher (s), or by contacting Charles Morris, Director of WVDACH Museums, at (304) 558-0220 or Charles .W.Morris @ wv.gov.

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