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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Art Competition

*To participate in the Congressional Art Competition, please call our office at (850) 479-1183 to request forms and information.*

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Northwest Florida Congressional Art Competition and Show is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Northwest Florida Congressional Art Competition and Show is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.

 

This is the first year that I will host the exhibition of high school student artwork submitted to my office from across the First District.  A panel of judges will select the first, second, and third place winners. I will host an awards reception to recognize the achievement of those students, announce the Finalist for 2017 and honor all of those who submit artwork for the competition.  The artwork chosen by the judges as the 2017 Finalist will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year and be exhibited alongside district finalists from across the country. The winner of our Northwest Florida Congressional Art Show will receive a free airline ticket for themselves and one guardian, to Washington, D.C., for the U.S. House of Representative Awards Reception (usually held in June).

Meet the Judges of 2017 Northwest Florida Art Competition & Show

Here are the basic details for this year:

Where:

Submitted art will be exhibited this year at the Pensacola Museum of Art located in historic downtown Pensacola at 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. We are fortunate to have use of the museum for exhibition of art and the awards reception. 

When:

Here are the important dates:

Submission Deadline

Student submissions due to my office:

Pensacola District office
226 South Palafox Place, 6th FL
Pensacola, FL 32502
Thursday, March 30, 2017
By 4:00 p.m.                                            

NWF Congressional Art Show:
I will host an awards reception:

Pensacola Museum of Art
407 South Jefferson Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Friday, April 21, 2017
6:00 pm

 

What:

Submission of Art Work
All student artwork must be dropped off at my Pensacola District office by March 30, 2017.

Exhibition of Artwork
The submitted art will be on display at the Pensacola Museum of Art for approximately one week before the Northwest Florida Congressional Art Show.  (more details to follow)

Finalist Announcement
The Awards Reception and Finalist Announcement will take place at the Pensacola Museum of Art on the evening of Friday, April 21, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE:    At this time, I am unable to provide information that includes the competition rules and student release form because that information for 2017 has not yet been made available by the Congressional Institute – which sponsors this competition at the national level – but I have assurances we will receive it as soon as it is ready for distribution.  I will get that information out to you as soon as it is made available.  I wanted to get the specifics on the location and dates to you as soon as possible, so you and your students can begin planning.  At this time, I am not aware of any changes from previous years in terms of the following criteria:

The pieces do not have to be framed for the Art Show.

THE ARTWORK NEEDS ONLY TO BE BACKED & MATTED. THE ONLY PIECE THAT WILL REQUIRE FRAMING WILL BE THE PIECE OF THE 1ST PLACE WINNER. ONCE THAT PIECE IS SELECTED AS THE 1ST PLACE WINNER, IT WILL NEED TO BE FRAMED BEFORE WE SHIP IT UP TO THE CAPITOL (after our Art Show on April 21).

HOWEVER, ALL PIECES SUBMITTED MUST STILL BE ABLE TO MEET THE SIZING REQUIREMENTS IF THE PIECE IS CHOSEN AS THE 1ST PLACE WINNER.
THEREFORE, ALL STUDENTS MUST ENSURE THAT THEIR PIECE WILL STILL MEET THE SIZING REQUIREMENT (
no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches) IF THEY ARE SELECTED AS 1ST PLACE WINNER, BECAUSE THEN THE PIECE WILL NEED TO BE FRAMED. So each piece must take into account measurements for a frame even though it won’t have a frame when it’s submitted.

HERE ARE THOSE SIZING REQUIREMENTS:

“Artwork must be no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches, including the frame.”

If you or any of your students have questions, please contact Laura Rakas in my Pensacola District Office – Laura.Rakas@mail.house.gov or 850-479-1183.  I will be in touch going forward by e-mail.  I look forward to highlighting the artistic talents of the First Congressional District’s high school students.  

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*To participate in the Congressional Art Competition, please call our office at (850) 479-1183 to request forms and information.*