“An Artistic Discovery: The 2008 Congressional Art Competition” is currently on display at The High School of Saint Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave. in Champaign, and it’s almost coming to a close. Students from thirteen high schools in Illinois’ 15th Congressional District have entered this year’s competition which allows students to display their artwork locally, but also gives them an opportunity to be recognized on a national level for their artistry.
Visitors are welcome and encouraged visit the school to view the district’s collection of student work. This exhibit will be open everyday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the exhibition’s final day, April 11, where from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., a public awards presentation will be held. One winner from Congressman Timothy V. Johnson’s (R-IL) district will be selected to display their work in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, to hang on display for an entire year. The second place winner may opt to hang their piece in Congressman Johnson’s Washington, D.C. office for the year. A national grand prize winner will also receive a renewable $5,000 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, and will be flown to Washington, D.C., on June 25, 2008, to attend the nationwide awards ceremony.