Rep. Barletta to support local high school artists in 2012 Congressional Art Competition

Feb 28, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, will again feature local high school artists in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide annual art event that allows high school students to showcase their artistic ability.

To be eligible for the Congressional Arts Competition, entrants must reside in Rep. Barletta’s district (PA-11) or in the district of U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10), who is also accepting entrants from students residing in his district. Entrants must indicate in which district they live on their entry form. Entries from artists living outside of those districts will not be eligible to win.

WVIA will host the qualification for the 10th and 11th Congressional Districts.

The first-place student from each district and his or her immediate family will travel to Washington, D.C., for the Artistic Discovery Exhibition Opening. Their art will be displayed for one year in the Capitol building.

Rep. Barletta also recognizes the competition’s second- and third-place winners; the second-place work will be displayed in his Washington, D.C. office, and the third-place work will be displayed in his Hazleton District Office.

“I’m amazed by the breadth and depth of the artistic talent that students in Northeastern Pennsylvania have, and I’m proud that the 2012 Congressional Art Competition will recognize that talent,” Rep. Barletta said.

All artwork must be dropped off at the WVIA Studios in Pittston by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. The student release form must be filled out and taped to the back of each piece. WVIA consent forms must also be signed to have their work displayed in the PNC Studio.

Winning artwork will be displayed at the United States Capitol and in Rep. Barletta’s offices for the entire year, and cannot be returned to students earlier. Students should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

For more guidelines, including size limits, and to download rules and entry forms, visit and click on the “Congressional Arts” tab.

For more information, contact Andrea O'Neill, director of education at WVIA, at (570) 602-1182.