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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Friday, May 5th, from 5-9 p.m., the Southeast Missouri Arts Council invites you to attend a reception for the 31th Annual Eighth Congressional District High School Art Competition, hosted by Jason Smith, Congressman of the Eighth Congressional District. This much-loved exhibit, which features visual art pieces by high school-aged students living within the Eighth Congressional District in Missouri, will be on display until May 27th.

Two finalists will also be named at the reception for the event on Friday, May 5th at 6 p.m. This year will reveal two winners to be sent to the “Best of Show” Competition May 20th.

Over 60 are entries from high schools throughout the 8th Congressional District have been submitted and are being displayed at the Art Council during the month of May. The Grand Prize winner will receive an award, and two round trip flights to attend the reception for the national Congressional Art Competition in Washington, D.C. in June.

Introduced in the year 1982, the Congressional High School Art Competition was developed by the Congressional Institute to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation, and in each individual congressional district. Students submit entries to their representatives’ office and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries, which are then displayed for one year at the Capital in Washington, D.C.

Light appetizers will be provided during the reception, catering provided by The 8th Congressional District of Missouri. Wine from Primo Vino will also be available for guests.

Join arts patrons and supporters in viewing the 2017 Eighth Congressional District High School Art Competition next Friday at the Arts Council Galleries. Members of the Visual Arts Cooperative Committee will also feature new works in their gallery, which is located at 16 N. Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. The gallery is also open Tuesday-
Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.

Rachel Wichern
Saxony Lutheran - 11th Grade
Sophie Bollinger
Perryville HS - 11th Grade
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