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Locally and congressionally sponsored art contests remain open to students' submissions.

The Historic City of Jefferson's "Heritage Art Contest — Why this Place Matters" is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 whose school — public, private or home school — is within Jefferson City limits. The deadline for submission is May 6.

First prize in the contest is $75; second prize, $50; third, $30; and an honorable mention will earn $15. Prizes are based on the quality of the work, and it's possible a category may not have a winner for every prize.

Winning entries are determined by a panel of judges, and winning work will be announced during the 2019 Heritage Awards ceremony at Jefferson City Hall.

The purpose of the contest "is to promote an interest in the history of Jefferson City, its people and its architecture. All entries are to focus on a particular historic building (50 years or older), historic neighborhood or historical event inside the city limits of Jefferson City," according to the contest rules.

All artwork must be original and on an illustration board that's 15 by 20 inches. The medium can be pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, conte crayon or watercolors — but charcoals, pastels or conte crayon must be sprayed with a fixative.

Entries should be labeled with historic names and modern names, if different, and the back of the art should include the artist's name, address, phone number and email address; parents' name; school, grade and teacher's name; and a brief 50- to 75-word explanation of the history of a building.

Students participating in Sketch Day just need to include the requested information when turning their work in to the Jefferson City Art Club.

Those not participating in Sketch Day can enter the contest by calling Dottie Dallmeyer at 573-636-5165 or emailing Anne Green at hcjexec@gmail.com.

Resources to assist with the history of a building, property or place are also listed on the Historic City of Jefferson website, historiccityofjefferson.org, under the Resources tab.

Prospective contestants can contact Dallmeyer or Green for additional assistance and more information.

The Jefferson City, Wentzville and Washington offices of U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, are accepting entries for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition — open to high school students — through 5 p.m. April 23.

The winning entry from the 3rd Congressional District will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for one year. The winning student will receive free airfare to Washington this summer to attend a ceremony for the unveiling of the winning work, according to a news release from Luetkemeyer's office.

All runners-up work will be displayed in Luetkemeyer's Congressional offices, according to the news release.

"Students from our district have submitted diverse artwork over the last few years from drawings, to paintings, to photography depicting everything from symbols of American freedom to famous Missourians to the students themselves," Luetkemeyer said in the news release.

Submissions must include a student release form attached to the back of the artwork. The Jefferson City office can be reached at 573-635-7232 for answers to additional questions.

More information, including contest rules and a copy of the student release form, is available at house.gov/educators-and-students/congressional-art-competition.

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