PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ (Morris County) – Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) released the following statement on her third annual Congressional Art Competition. Due to continuing COVID restrictions, the competition will take place virtually this year to showcase high school students’ artistry and creative talent.
“As we continue to face the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our state, we are reminded this year of the important role art plays in uplifting us, strengthening our communities, and guiding us through difficult times,” Sherrill said. “I am excited to launch this year’s art competition and to see all the beautiful pieces the students create. I encourage all NJ-11 high schoolers interested to be part of this year’s competition to showcase their talents.”
As a result of the pandemic, students can either create an original piece at home or submit artwork they’ve created previously.
Students can sign up for the competition and submit an electronic copy or photo of their art piece here.
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. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their Representative’s office, and panels of judges select the winning entries. The winner’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.
Last year’s first place winner was Mountain Lakes High School student Kate Terhune. To see her winning piece “Nighttime Allure,” click here.
In 2020, Lindsey Mei Alvarez from Morris Catholic High School took home second place for her piece “Mind” and Sofia Rodriguez from Morris County School of Technology for “The Hallway” received third place.
To view the full guidelines and information about the Congressional Art Competition, click here.