WASHINGTON Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, announced his office will accept submissions for the annual 8th Congressional District Artistic Discovery Contest through April 3.


Open to all high school students in the 8th District, the Artistic Discovery Contest is part of a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives every spring.


The artwork that wins first place for the 8th District will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The second-place artwork will be showcased in Cook's Capitol office and the third-place winner's work will be displayed in Cook's Apple Valley District Office.


Artwork entries can be a maximum of 28 inches by 28 inches, including the frame, and can be up to 4 inches in depth. Students will work with the art teachers at their high school to produce artwork for the contest.


Submissions can include paintings (oil, acrylic and watercolor), drawings, collage, prints (including lithographs, silk screen and block prints), mixed media, computer-generated art and photography.


The congressional art competition began in 1982 and has involved more than 700,000 high school students nationwide since its inception.


For more information, call Cameron Wessel in Cook's District Office at 760-247-1815.