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Beverly’s Montserrat College of Art hosts annual Congressional art show

Posted by Terri Ogan  February 21, 2013 10:35 AM

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In upholding a longstanding tradition, Montserrat College of Art will host its sixth Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition. The event will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the college's campus.

Congressman John F. Tierney will serve as the honorary chairman of the event, which gives high school students in both public and private schools the chance to showcase their artistic talents to members of Congress.

“The annual Congressional Art Competition is a wonderful way of celebrating the exceptional creativity of young artists from our area and around the country,” Tierney said in a recent statement. “As always, I look forward to seeing the diverse talent of the students of the 6th Congressional District at the art show this spring.”

The show, which started in 1982, has garnered more than 650,000 students from around the nation to participate. Students from every school in the district are permitted and encouraged to submit. Submissions will be accepted Friday, March 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday March 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to the 301 Cabot St. Gallery in Beverly.

Prior to the kick off of the event, the exhibition will be open for public viewing from Wednesday March 6 through Friday March 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The closing awards ceremony will be held on Saturday March 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"We appreciate the work these students do, supported by their parents, art teachers and schools,” said Montserrat College of Art President Stephen D. Immerman. “The arts are not just about viewing a pleasant image. Art education today is the key to a burgeoning economic sector called the creative economy, where job options are increasing and growth opportunities are abundant.”

When the exhibition wraps up, the artwork of the grand award winner will be sent to the Capitol Building in Washington, where it will be displayed for one year with the work of other award winners from across the country. The winner from each district, accompanied by one adult, also will be invited to attend the opening of that exhibition in June.

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