Congressman Scott announces art competition deadline

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) recently explained that the art turned in by local high school students, for his annual art competition, usually leaves him in awe of the students’ abilities.

The contest typically draws detailed artwork from the students, who come from across his congressional district. The pupils work with paints, charcoal and colored pencils, or heavy ink pens, or even clay.

In the past, some of these pieces have included a map of the U.S., with little symbols of individuals hidden in the lines, and portraits that ranged from accurately detailed, to abstract, in their portrayals of their subjects.

It is that focus, and attention to detail, that Scott said is one of the reasons why he enjoys hosting the art competition each spring. In his eyes, he said, its an “awesome” experience that “really shows the talent” that local teenagers have.

“The reason why the arts competition is so special is it’s not just the art, but it is the mindset of the young person that has to discipline himself [or herself] to create something, and to dig down deep inside of himself [or herself], and bring that out,” Scott said. “That is really the joy of the artwork.”

Scott’s office is now accepting entries for his 10th annual Thirteenth Congressional District Art Competition, until Friday, Feb. 17.

The contest is open to high school students who live in Scott’s congressional district, which includes parts of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, and Henry counties.

Congressman Scott is scheduled to announce the winners of his district’s art competition, on March 17, during a ceremony at the Arts Clayton Gallery, in Jonesboro, where the art will be put on display throughout the month.

The winner of the art competition will see his or her piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, alongside pieces created by winners of art shows in other congressional districts across the nation, according to Audra Braswell Bleecker, Scott’s constituent services manager. The student will be invited to an unveiling of the display in June, she added.

Scott’s office also announced that scholarships will be awarded to the students whose art is chosen among the top-four entries in the contest. The scholarships come from the Art Institute of Atlanta, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The amounts for the Art Institute of Atlanta scholarships are: $10,000 for first place; $5,000 for second place; $2,500 for third place, and $1,000 for fourth place.

The Savannah College of Art and Design scholarship is worth $1,500 per year. It is only available to the artist whose work is chosen as the best in the competition.

Contest rules, and entry forms can be obtained from the congressman’s web site –– davidscott.house.gov –– or by contacting Bleecker, at (770) 210-5073. Entries must be submitted to Scott’s district offices, located at 173 North Main Street, in Jonesboro, and 888 Concord Road, Suite 100, in Smyrna.ꆱ