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Congressional art contest open to high schoolers until April 28

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Congressman Jared Huffman’s (D-San Rafael) office announced this week that the annual Congressional Art Competition has opened — the competition is open for digital submissions from high school students in the state’s Second Congressional District, which covers the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

Winning artwork is exhibited in the U.S. Capitol building for a year, where it sits with winning artwork from other Congressional districts throughout the country. The winning artist will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to view their artwork and upon admission acceptance, the winning artist will be eligible for a scholarship to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, upon acceptance to the school.

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Atwater artist wins ‘Best of Show’ at Carnegie Showcase

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From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 84 works that will be on display in the annual Carnegie Art Showcase exhibition taking place this summer at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. The juried exhibition is a celebration of artistic excellence. The show will be on view in the CAC’s Ferrari Gallery from July 7 through Sept. 5.

Works in all media were submitted by artists from across the Central Valley and other locations in California. The final group selected for exhibition includes works by 55 artists representing 24 different communities. There were several artists from the Merced area selected, and three won top awards by the jurors.

“It would be difficult to find a more varied group of works together than in our galleries during the Art Showcase,” said Lisa McDermott, the museum director. “It is always a great experience to see this wide range of creative expression. With no theme or size constraints, artists are excited to share the very best of what they are making.”

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Program trains teens to be arts center docents

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The Carnegie Arts Center is opening a new session for teens who want to participate as docents and volunteers at the arts center. Initially funded with a grant from the Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund in 2020, the Teen Docent program continues to be a first step in getting to know more about art, history, museums, and public engagement for young people who are interested in the arts.

“Teen Docents will work with gallery visitors of all ages – including adults, children and family groups – helping them engage with and understand some amazing works of art,” said Carnegie Director Lisa McDermott. “Our exhibitions change every few months, so there is always something new to talk about. Through tours, directed dialogues, and casual conversations, our young docents can make everyone’s experience at the Carnegie Arts Center more exciting.”

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