Wilson NC – Congressional Arts Competition

U.S. House of Representative Seal

U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

1st District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  May 11, 2009

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


Congressional Arts Competition

Wilson, N.C. – The Arts Council of Wilson will host the annual Congressional Arts Competition for the First Congressional District on Saturday, May 16th.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield will join about 100 high school students from across the First Congressional District from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the winners are announced during the reception and awards ceremony. The event will take place at the Arts Council of Wilson at 124 Nash Street SW, Wilson, N.C.

Last year, Monica Vongbandith, a student from Farmville Central High School, won the competition and her work is currently on display at the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from across the country.

Faculty from Art Department at Barton College will serve as judges, and art entered by students will be displayed at the Arts Council until May 23rd.

The 28th annual Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by the Congressional Art Caucus and coordinated by members of the United States House of Representatives. Each year, Members of Congress are given the opportunity to submit one piece of student artwork that is hung in the Cannon Tunnel, located between the Cannon House Office Building and the United States Capitol Building.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for young artists and their families to come together and share their work,” Butterfield said. “This event serves to recognize our region’s deep pool of artistic talent.”

WHAT:    Congressional Arts Competition Reception and Awards Ceremony

WHO:       Congressman G. K. Butterfield joining Barton College and area First Congressional District high school students

WHERE:  Arts Council of Wilson, 124 Nash Street SW, Wilson, N.C.

WHEN:       11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2009