Ninth through 12th graders who attend schools in Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes Wilton, are invited to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition — an annual, nationwide art contest sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a press release, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) said the competition is one of his favorite annual events and “meeting the student artists and their families is something [he looks] forward to each spring.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of local artists and representatives from art organizations, and the winning entry will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol, alongside artwork from every congressional district across the country.

The winning artist will also receive two round-trip tickets to attend the competition’s result announcement ceremony.

Runners-up from the Fourth Congressional District will have their artwork displayed in Himes’ Bridgeport and Stamford offices.

Students interested in entering this year’s competition must complete and sign a release form, available at http://bit.ly/2nlSErL, and email it to Michael.Dunn@mail.house.gov no later than April 23.

Artwork must be delivered to Himes’ Bridgeport Office by 5 p.m. on April 24. Complete information is available at http://bit.ly/2omnYG6.

Questions may be directed to 203-333-6600.