PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (D-RI) office is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District.

“I’m proud to be hosting the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for Rhode Island’s First Congressional District. Rhode Islanders have always treasured the arts and the humanities, and I know that all of us are looking forward to celebrating a new generation of Rhode Island artists in this year’s competition,” said Cicilline, a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus.

Cicilline’s Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who reside in the First District. Teachers and students interested in competing in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition should contact Lisha Gomes at 729-5600. Submissions can be dropped off by Friday, April 15th, to Cicilline’s office, located at 1070 Main Street, Suite 300, in Pawtucket, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm.

Cicilline will convene a panel to award first, second, and third place awards, and the overall winner of the competition will have their artwork displayed for one year in the United States Capitol and will receive complimentary airline tickets to travel to Washington, D.C. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.