Schilling to Host Congressional Art Competition Reception

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) will be hosting a reception in honor of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition on Saturday, May 5 at the Augustana College Art Museum in Rock Island.  This is the annual Congressional Art Show’s 30th year, and Schilling has invited high schools from across the district to participate.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a wonderful opportunity to highlight our area’s talented young people,” Schilling said. “I look forward to seeing their skill and creativity on display at this weekend’s reception.”

Each high school in the 17th District has been offered the opportunity to submit up to five pieces of artwork for display at Saturday’s art show.  A total of three votes will determine the winners.  Two local art experts will be the core judges, with the third vote cast by a compilation of votes cast by the reception’s attendees.  The first place finisher will have his or her piece displayed for the next year in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC along with winning pieces from other congressional districts around the country.  Sponsored by the Congressional Institute, the first place finisher and one guest will receive a free flight to Washington, DC to attend the 2012 Congressional Art Competition Reception on Capitol Hill and see their work on display.  The remaining four artists may select to have their pieces featured in Schilling’s district offices for the remainder of the year.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as a way to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of our country’s youth. Since it was launched, more than 650,000 students have participated nationwide.

The Augustana College Art Museum is located at the front of Centennial Hall, at the northwest corner of the intersection of 7th Avenue and 38th Street in Rock Island.  Interested students or parents can contact Claudia Ridenour with questions at (309) 757-7630.