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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has announced that he will be hosting a reception to recognize the students participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition for the 13th District. The reception will be held on Saturday  from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in the David Erlanson Art Gallery at Richland Community College in Decatur. This is a free event, open to the public.

This year’s competition features 20 entries from students from several area high schools.

Three area judges will pick a winning entry to be announced at the reception on Saturday. Judging this year’s competition will be Jerry Johnson, Executive Director of the Decatur Arts Council; Jamie Rutherford, Richland Community College Adjunct Faculty and Facilitator of the Davis Erlanson Gallery; and Denise Blakeman, a local artist from Christian County.

All students will receive a certificate of congressional recognition for their participation. The winning student will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C. compliments of Southwest Airlines and have his or her winning artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982 as an opportunity to showcase the talent of high school students and acknowledge gifted young artists. Hundreds of thousands of high school students have been able to participate at the local level over the years.

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