Deadline approaching for Congressional Student Art Competition entries

Gerald Corker, second from left, a Cairo High School student, joined, from left, his art teacher, Maria Vesquez; his mother, Melaine Corker, and U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. in June of 2018 in Washington, D.C. Gerald Corker’s painting of his grandmother won the 2018 Congressional Student Art Competition for the Second Congressional District of Georgia. The deadline to submit artwork for this year’s competition is Wednesday. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — The deadline is quickly approaching for students in the Second Congressional District of Georgia who want to participate in the 38th annual Congressional Student Art Competition.

High school students in the district, which runs from Columbus to Macon and south to the Florida line, must submit their artwork by Wednesday. Artwork must be turned in to the office of U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop at 323 Pine Ave., Suite 400 in Albany.

This year’s winner will be announced at the spring exhibition’s reception set for 5-7 p.m. on April 18 at the Albany Museum of Art. All submitted artwork will be on display April 16-19 in the AMA’s Willson Auditorium.

“This competition is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the considerable artistic talent of Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District’s high school students, and I am eager to see this year’s entries,” Bishop said.

The winning student’s work from the district, along with the winning artwork from other participating U.S. congressional districts, will be on display for a year in the Cannon Tunnel. The tunnel is a heavily-traveled underground walkway connecting the U.S. House of Representatives office buildings with the U.S. Capitol.

Last year, 428 of the 441 congressional offices participated in the contest, officials with the Congressional Institute, which sponsors the annual competition, said.

The winning artist and a parent will be provided round-trip airfare to the nation’s capital at the end of June to join Bishop at the national reception for the district first-place winners.

The AMA, in addition to hosting the district reception and exhibition in the Willson Auditorium, will make a $250 purchase offer for the winning artwork. The museum also will provide two-night accommodations at a Washington, D.C. area hotel for the winning student and parent.

AMA Executive Director Paula Williams said the young artists do “fantastic work” and said the contest is a good way for members of Congress to foster development of “a new generation of budding artists.” For many of the students, the trip to the nation’s capital is an “unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said.

Official competition rules can be found online at

For more information, contact Toni Pickel at Bishop’s Albany district office by emailing her at or calling (229) 439-8067.

The AMA is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive. For more information about the museum, visit or call (229) 439-8400.

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