Thursday, May 14, 2009

Aaron Schock to host Congressional Art Competition this Saturday at Lakeview Museum

From a News release:

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) will announce the winners of this year’s Congressional Arts Competition at the Lakeview Museum at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday May 16, 2009. All participants, along with their families, teachers, media and the general public are invited to attend this reception.

“I know how valuable creative expression is for students’ growth,” Schock said. “I am just amazed at the level of talent at this year competition. Some terrific works were submitted by so many students; the choice is certainly going to be difficult. No matter which work is chosen, the Eighteenth district will certainly be well represented in Washington.”


WHO: Congressman Aaron Schock


WHAT: 27th Annual Congressional Arts Competition


WHERE: Lakeview Museum, 1125 West Lake Avenue, Peoria


WHEN: 2:00 p.m., May 16, 2009


The competition, open to all area high school students, included paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photography.

The “Top Ten” and “Best in Show” will be determined by Jim Richerson, President & CEO of Lakeview Museum; William Butler Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; and Jennifer Lee Executive Director of the Peoria Art Guild, who are serving on the judges panel.

At the end of June, the winning artwork will hang for one year beside works from other Congressional districts in the passageway between the House office buildings and the United States Capitol.

The Congressional Arts Competition began in 1982 as an attempt to offset reductions in federal grants for arts programs by giving creative students the chance to have their talents recognized nationwide. Since then, more than 650,000 students have participated in the competition. The work of thousands of young American artists has been showcased in the Capitol complex.

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