Kern River Valley

High school students: Your artwork could get spot in U.S. Capitol

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — One Kern County high school student could get his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy's office will accept local entries for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Entries are due by April 19 at McCarthy's Bakersfield office.

The winning entry from McCarthy's district - which includes parts of Kern, Los Angeles and Tulare counties - will be displayed in a corridor leading to the Capitol for one year.

Submissions can be oil, watercolor, acrylic, computer-generated, photography, drawings, collages, lithographs, silk screens, monotypes, woodcuts or engravings. Artwork must be an original concept, two-dimensional and no larger than 28 inches tall, 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

The national winner will get round-trip airline tickets to the exhibit's June opening in Washington, D.C. Awards will be given to those who place first, second or third in one of three categories: photography, computer-generated art, and artwork of all other mediums. 

Local entries will be displayed May 7-10 at Bakersfield's Metro Galleries.

Call McCarthy's Bakersfield office at (661) 327-3611 for more information.