Riverside Arts Council to Host Exhibit of 41st District Congressional High School Art Contest Entries
The Riverside Arts Council will host an exhibit of the 41st District Congressional High School Art Contest entries at The Afterimage Gallery on Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. The Afterimage is located in University Village at 1201 University Avenue.
Since it began in 1982, the competition has attracted entries from more than 650,000 high school students across the country. It was created by the Congressional Institute to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district.
Wanting to increase the number of participants from the 41st District, district office staff turned to the Riverside Arts Council, as well as local artist and arts instructor Annette Ramsey, and Mark Schooley, director of the Riverside Community Arts Association. District office staff has said that entries have significantly increased through this additional effort.
The winner of each congressional district’s competition is flown to Washington DC for a reception in June. Their work also hangs in the tunnel connecting the congressional office buildings with the Capitol building.
“I am excited for the high school students of our District to participate in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition,” says 41st District Congressman Mark Takano. “This is a unique opportunity that can result in a free trip to visit Washington DC and I am delighted it is available to our students.”
“Having had the opportunity to walk through the tunnel in Washington DC and see the artwork of winners from high schools throughout the country, I can personally attest to how powerful it is,” says Patrick Brien, Executive Director of the Riverside Arts Council. “One of these participants will be selected to hang in the next exhibit. It’s a tremendous honor.”
The exhibit at the Afterimage will be open to the public on April 6, 13 and 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., as well as April 9 and 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The winner will be announced at the public reception on April 23.
For more information, contact the 41st District office at (951) 222-0203.