Maine high school students are invited to submit their artwork to hang at the Capitol. The deadline for submission to the 2010 Congressional High School Art Competition is Friday, March 19.

Each year, thousands of students across the country enter the Congressional High School Art Competition. One winner is chosen from each Congressional District, and his or her art work is hung in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol building for a year. The student and guest will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., in June and Southwest Airlines will provide two roundtrip tickets from Maine to Washington.

“Maine has been the home to some of our country’s greatest artists,” said Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. “We have a tradition in our state of supporting and encouraging the arts and I know we’re going to see some terrific entries in this contest.”

Before heading to Washington, the winning artists will be honored at a reception at the Blaine House in May. All winners are eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art.

The art work – paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, photography or computer-generated art – can be up to 28-by-28 inches. Students should submit digital photos of their artwork for consideration. The Maine Arts Commission appoints the judges and collects the entries.

For complete information on the Congressional High School Art Competition, visit house.gov/house/ArtGuidelines.shtml.