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Local High School Artists Featured in Congressional Exhibit

FORT MYERS, FL - U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV honors the best high school artists in Southwest Florida during the opening reception and awards event of the 14th Congressional District Art Exhibition, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in the Florida Gulf Coast University Arts Complex art gallery.

The annual show, which continues through May 20, is part of a nationwide contest that recognizes the creative talents of high school students.

This year's show "Artistic Discovery 2005: Florida 14th Congressional District Exhibition" features two-dimensional works by more than a dozen local students.

Every public and private high school in Southwest Florida was invited to submit one piece to compete for the Grand Award.

A jury comprised of local art experts Charles Duaray, Suzy Hackett and Patricia Pistner judges entries.

The winning entry hangs in the U.S. Capitol for one year alongside the winning pieces of more than 350 high school students from across the country.

Students also get the chance to have their work compete for Merit Awards and for two First Place Awards, one from each county in Rep. Mack's district, to hang in district offices.

"The exhibition is a great opportunity for these young artists to showcase their skills and ideas," FGCU interim gallery director and associate professor of Art Morgan T. Paine said.

"Having one's work seen everyday by some of America's most important elected officials and their staff members is a remarkable privilege for an area artist. I am gratified that Congressman Mack and his office have encouraged area high school art students by actively supporting this exhibition."

Admission is free. The gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays excluding University holidays. FGCU hosts special hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 in conjunction with the free symposium.

For more information, contact Paine at (239) 590-7165 or .

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