For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

GCU to Host Congressional Art Competition for High School Artists

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 18, 2007—Georgian Court University will host the Fourth Congressional District Art Competition for amateur artists from Monday, April 30, through Thursday, May 3, at the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery. The winning entry will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The competition is an initiative of the United States House of Representatives to promote the talent of young high school artists from across the nation. Ninth- through twelfth-grade students in public and private high schools throughout the Fourth Congressional District are participating in this year’s local competition. Two scholarships are offered by GCU to the Best of Show and first-place winners of the competition.

"Every year, this competition brings together extremely talented young artists from around the Fourth Congressional District to compete for the honor of having their artwork displayed in the nation's Capitol. The annual contest shines a spotlight on the district's best budding young artists, and I look forward to the many wonderful entries that are sure to be submitted for this year's contest," said U.S. Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04).

Artwork will be hung in the gallery on April 30,and judges will select the winning entry (Best of Show) and four categories for first, second, and third places and honorable mention. Three local professional artists will volunteer their expertise and time to judge the pieces,which include painting, drawing, collage, print, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography.The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m.

Local contests are held within each congressional district, and the winning entries from all districts are displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol, for a period of one year. Each winning student receives an invitation to attend a grand-opening ceremony for the unveiling of the display in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2007.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center building on the Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.


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