In the spring of every year, the United States House of Representatives hosts a Congressional Art Competition for High School artists. The competition promotes attention to the arts by recognizing talented young artists from across the nation.
Since this competition was created in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated at the local level. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, DC for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
This contest is open to all high school students in the Second District of Iowa. The winning piece from each district will hang in the tunnel leading to the United States Capitol building in Washington DC.
Each year, Dave hosts a reception honoring all students who submit art for judging. This year's reception was hosted in conjunction with the Legion Arts, an award-winning Cedar Rapids nonprofit, on May 1, 2010. Legion Arts is located in the historic CSPS building at 1103 3rd Street in Cedar Rapids, a building that was heavily damaged by last summer’s flooding.
Click here to see this year's winning pieces.