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Ellison to host the Annual Congressional Art Competition

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Photo credit: Anthony Village High School junior Jamie Piekarcyck’s artwork, titled “73’ Duster”, was awarded first place in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District 2011 Art Competition. Pictured, from left to right, are Congressman Keith Ellison, Jamie Piekarcyzk, St. Anthony Village High School Principal Wayne Terry, Robert Weiss, and Sarah Gunderson, St. Anthony Village High School art teacher.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is inviting high school students in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District to enter the annual Congressional Art Competition.  The Congressional Art Competition-- An Artistic Discovery, which members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor each spring, recognizes and encourages students’ talent in the visual arts.

  The Minneapolis Metropolitan region has a long history of appreciating the arts and is known nationwide for having a vibrant arts community. Last year, more than 15 high schools participated in the competition. Jamie Piekarcyck of St. Anthony High School was the overall winner and her artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol, along with artwork from other first-prize winners nationwide.  The second- and third-place winners will have their art displayed in the Congressman’s offices in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis respectively.

Participating students must be in grades 9 through 12. However, 7th and 8th graders who attend a combined school featuring grades 7 through 12 can also enter the competition.

Please submit the student release form at and a one-paragraph artist statement to Aya Johnson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012.

All artwork will be collected Friday, April 27 from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

Rep. Ellison will also host the Arts Education Forum and Awards reception at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, April 30, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm. All contestants, their families, art teachers, contest judges, and the public are invited and the Congressman will announce this year’s winners.



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