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April 17, 2012 > An Artistic Discovery

An Artistic Discovery

Submitted By Jack d'Annibale

U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) invites high school students to participate in the 2012 "An Artistic Discovery" Congressional Art Competition.

Students may submit two-dimensional artworks, including: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs, mixed media or computer-generated art by the deadline of Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The competition is open to all high school students living in the 15th Congressional District.

The winning piece will represent the 15th Congressional District and be displayed as part of a year-long national exhibition in the Cannon Tunnel, a pedestrian walkway leading from the Cannon House Office Building to the United States Capitol. The winning artist and a guest will be flown to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to attend the unveiling reception on June 20, 2012 at the Capitol Visitor Center.

"Unfortunately, amidst budget cuts, arts-education and music are often the first classes to go," said Honda. "However, opportunities like our art competition highlight the importance of supporting our young people to cultivate their artistic talents and creativity."

Last year's contest winner was Eunice Lee, of Monta Visa High School, whose piece was titled, "Embrace." Eunice's painting showed a young Libyan girl being embraced by a lively, yet warm Statue of Liberty to represent American support of the Libyan people during the uprisings. The second and third place winners were Younha Kim of Monta Vista High School and Yennie Shyu of Piedmont Hills High School.

Honda also encourages local organizations and businesses to help young artists pursue their creativity by contributing gift certificates, art supplies and other incentives for the entrants. Last year's generous contributors include Southwest Airlines, Pizza My Heart, University Art San Jose, Bontrager Framing Services, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, In N' Out Burger, Panera, Amici's Pizza, and the De Anza Euphrat Museum of Art.

All pieces will be judged by a diverse panel of community leaders and a winning artist will be announced at a reception to be hosted on May 14, 2012.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/6n7l5az or contact Danielle Duong in Rep. Honda's District Office at 1999 South Bascom Ave, Suite 815, Campbell, CA 95008 or by phone at (408) 558-8085.

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