Washington, D.C. – Student submissions are now being accepted for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) announced today. Since 1982, more than 650,000 students from across the country have participated in the competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute,  which encourages Members of Congress to recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. 

“Florida’s 6th district is brimming with talented students and I look forward to seeing the creative and original artwork that they submit,” said Rep. DeSantis. “I encourage all eligible students to enter this competition.”

Students may submit their original artwork for entrance into the competition during the period of Friday, March 1 through Friday, March 29. 

Once submitted, entries will be posted on Rep. DeSantis’ official Facebook page for a period of three weeks beginning April 1, and constituents will be encouraged to vote on their favorite artwork. At the end of the third week, the ten submissions with the most “likes” will be presented to a panel of local judges from the 6th district of Florida who will then determine a winner.

The winning piece of artwork will be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year. The second place and third place winners will be displayed in Rep. DeSantis’ district offices. Transportation will be provided for the first place winner and a guest to fly to Washington, D.C. to see their art displayed during an unveiling ceremony in June.

Teachers and students interested in the Congressional Art Competition should contact Rep. DeSantis’ Washington office at 202-225-2706 or visit desantis.house.gov for further information on submission guidelines and criteria.