Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces the start of this years annual Congressional Art Competition, Artistic Discovery 2006.

The Congressional Art Competition will be a great opportunity for young people in my district. said Congressman Poe. I hope that all high school students with a talent for art will take advantage of this exciting opportunity. I want this years contest to be a huge event with lots of applicants.

The competition for visual arts is open to all high school students who reside in the 2nd District of Texas. Acceptable art forms include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, computer generated art, photography and mixed media. All entries must be original. The artwork will be judged by a panel and the winning entry will go up to Washington, D.C. to hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol.

According to the Architect of the Capitol, in order to hang in the Cannon Tunnel, the artwork must conform to the following dimensional standards: it must be two-dimensional, no more than four inches in depth and no larger than 30 inches by 30 inches, including the frame.

Congressman Poe invites all high school students interested in the contest to visit his Web site at to view in detail the general guidelines, the framing guidelines and the suitability guidelines for the contest. At the Web site, potential applicants can also find the Student Information & Artwork Release form necessary for submission.

The deadline for submission is Friday, May 19, 2005, 5pm CST.

For any further questions, contact the Congressmans district offices in Humble at (281) 446-0242 or in Beaumont at (409) 212-1997.