U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) today announced guidelines for his Ninth District Congressional Art Contest.  Students in grades nine through 12 who reside in the Washington’s Ninth Congressional District may submit entries between March 1 and March 23.  Entries should be sent to Smith’s district office at 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd, Suite 106, Tacoma, WA  98424.

Artwork should be supplied with a pre-cut mat; frames are not necessary.  Pieces must be no larger than 30 x 30 inches when framed.  All art must be able to be framed to the 30 x 30 inches size limitation to be considered.  The winning entry will be framed by a sponsor for display in a ten-month exhibit in the U.S. Capitol Building.  In addition, a major airline sponsor will provide the winners and two guests round trip airfare to travel to Washington D.C. to attend the national reception in June.

If students have no art teacher or are home schooled, a parent or guardian must sign the originality certification to ensure that the art entry is an original work not copied from, nor does it include, any other person’s copyrighted work.

The top 40 entries will be displayed at Tacoma Art Museum from April 6 through April 22. 

Adam Smith’s Congressional Art Contest reception will be held Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Tacoma Art Museum Classroom.  Tacoma Art Museum is located at 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

Guidelines and registration forms are posted www.house.gov/adamsmith and distributed to high schools.  Those interested in more information should email tina.johnson@mail.house.gov.