Rep. Mike Thompson has announced the opening of the annual Congressional Art Competition.

All high school students in the First Congressional District are invited to submit their original artwork for consideration. The deadline is May 2.

The winner's artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. In addition, the winner will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June. The winner will also receive three round-trip airline tickets to the capital from either San Francisco or Oakland.

The competition is open to high school students only and each student is allowed a single entry in the competition. The categories for submission include painting, drawing, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography. The pieces must be no larger than 30 inches by 30 inches, including the frame.

Send submissions to Thompson's office in Eureka at 317 3rd St., Suite 1. To receive more information, call (707) 269-9595.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982. Since then, more than 650,000 students have participated.

- Triplicate Staff