Payne announces 10th District participation in 2016 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, Feb. 25, U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. announced that New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, which includes portions of Essex, Hudson and Union counties, is participating in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

“I am pleased to announce that high school students from New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District will once again have the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents in the Congressional Art Competition,” said Payne. “Every year, I am impressed by the creative pieces our local students submit and look forwarding to sharing them with our community and the entire country. I wish all participants the best of luck and I eagerly await their artwork.”

The competition is open to all high school students in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District. Exceptions may be made for schools that have seventh through 12th grades on one campus. Participating students must go through their school’s art teacher.

The final winner will be determined by a panel of local experts. The winning student’s work will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol for members of Congress, staff and visitors to see. The winner will also travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in a national ceremony with other winners from around the country. An awards reception will be on Monday, May 2, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Newark Museum in Newark.

Each submission must be two-dimensional, no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches by 4 inches, no more than 15 pounds, original in design and prepared for hanging. Each student may submit one piece of artwork.

Student release forms are due to Payne’s Newark office by Wednesday, March 30. All artwork must be submitted to Newark office by Wednesday, April 6.Those with questions regarding the 2016 Congressional Art Competition may contact Samantha Washington at 973-645-3213.