NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS – Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.
The artwork submitted for the competition by students living within U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert’s congressional district will be displayed in Griffith Gallery on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.
The entries will be exhibited beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28, and will be displayed through Saturday, Dec. 2, when an awards ceremony will be held and an open house/reception will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition will close following the reception.
Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building and is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during fall and spring semesters when the university is open. The exhibition will open at 10 a.m. prior to the awards ceremony on Dec. 2.
First place winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries.
First place winning entries will be displayed in the hallway of the U.S. Capitol; second place winning entries will be displayed in Gohmert’s office in Washington; and third place winning entries will be displayed in Gohmert’s district office in Tyler.