ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 17, 2016)—The Orange County Arts Commission and members of the U.S. House of Representatives are committed to the importance of our cultural heritage. Together they recognize the creative spirit of American high school students in a nationwide art competition.

The Congressional High School Art Competition is implemented by the members in the Congressional Districts and features paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photographs. Each member brings a winning entry back to Washington to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital. Launched in 1982, this nationwide event has produced thousands of local competitions, yielding more than 500,000 high school winners.

This competition is coordinated locally through Fourth U.S. District Representative David Price’s office.  High school visual arts students in the Fourth U.S. District counties of Alamance, Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Orange, and Wake are eligible to apply.

Current high school visual art students in the Fourth U.S. Congressional District in Orange County interested in participating in the 2016 Congressional High School Art Competition should contact their high school visual art teacher or the Orange County Arts Commission.

The 2016 guidelines and Student Release Form are now available for downloading from the Arts Commission’s Web site at under the “Grants” heading (Applications and Guidelines). Hard-copies are also available at the Orange County Arts Commission office in Hillsborough, at all Orange County Public Libraries, and at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Artwork must be received at the Arts Commission’s office at 131 W. Margaret Lane, Room 216 in Hillsborough by 5:00 pm Monday, April 18 – Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

The Fourth U.S. District Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the Junior League of Raleigh (711 Hillsborough Street) in Raleigh.

Please contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919.968.2011 or for more information.