Rep. Paul Cook Extends Congressional Art Competition Deadline

PaulcookBy Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced a extension for the Congressional Art Competition for 8th District high school students. The new deadline for submissions is April 24, 2015.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 700,000 high school students have been involved with this nationwide competition.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 8th District. Students will work through the art teachers at their high school to submit works to the competition. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year. In addition, second place will be displayed in Congressman Cook’s Capitol Office, and the third place selection will be on display in the Apple Valley District Office.

Art work entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth.

The submission may be:
Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
Mixed Media
Computer Generated Art

All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Cameron Wessel ( in Congressman Cook’s District Office at 760-247-1815.

A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.

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