News Release

Roberts Library Hosts Congressional Art Competition

March 5, 2012

congressional art contest image Roberts Library of Dalton State College is the Ninth District venue for this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Tom Graves will announce the winner at a public reception March 14; the winning entry will be on exhibit in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Ninth District Congressman Tom Graves will be on hand to announce the regional winners of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition in a reception at Dalton State's Roberts Library Wednesday, March 14. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to public.

Each year, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school arts competition to encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. The competition is open to private school, home school, and public high school students; winning entries are displayed in Congressman Graves' district office in Calhoun and the top winning entry will be on exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year beginning in June.

"Our annual Dalton State Book Festival sponsored an art contest for Dalton State students last year, and that's the reason why we were given the opportunity to hold this year's Competition for the Ninth Congressional District," says Melissa Whitesell, Reference and Instructional Librarian at Dalton State. "This is the first time that the Competition has been held in Dalton and at the College and we are very excited to have these art works on campus."

The art works are currently on exhibit in the Roberts Library and are available for viewing during regular library hours. Three members of the Creative Arts Guild staff will judge the competition and select three award-winning artworks to be announced by Congressman Graves at the March 14 reception.

According to Ms. Whitesell, the winning artist and a guest will have the opportunity to attend the opening reception in Washington, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the Congressional Art Competition.

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