PSU Hosts Congressional District 2 Art Exhibition April 19

April 1st, 2009 by Adam
Sylvia Bryant
Congressman Hodes and PSU President Steen with 2008 Winning Work

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Congressman Paul Hodes has invited high school students living in the Second Congressional District to submit two-dimensional art works to be judged for an exhibition hosted by Plymouth State University Sunday, April 19 as part of the National High School Art Competition.

The winning student will have his or her artwork presented for public display in the U.S. Capitol for 11 months, beginning in June. Artworks by the second- and third-place winners will be displayed in the Congressman’s Concord district office.

The exhibition and reception will be held in PSU Department of Art at the Draper and Maynard Building on South Main Street in Plymouth.

Professor Cynthia Vascak, chair of the Department of Art and PSU coordinator of the exhibition, says it is an honor for the department to collaborate with Congressman Hodes in this project to bring exceptional high school student art to the public.

“The event gives us an opportunity to showcase the work of our students, and opportunities and facilities in our department and the University for these young artists and their family and friends as well,” said Vascak.

The exhibition will be open for viewing beginning at 2 p.m. The program begins and 3 p.m. and will include remarks from PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, Congressman Hodes and Professor Vascek, announcement of the winners of the competition, and presentation of certificates to participating students.

PSU art department students will be available to give tours of the facility.

Judges for the competition are PSU Department of Art faculty Annette Mitchell,”>Terry Downs and”>Bill Haust.

Southwest Airlines is providing three roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C. for the winner and two guests to attend the opening reception and ribbon cutting ceremony in June.

The winning student will also be offered a $1,500 per year renewable scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design, pending acceptance to the college.

For questions about participating in the exhibition contact Leigh Marthe assistant to Congressman Hodes at (603) 358-1023 or by e-mail to
For information about the PSU exhibition contact Chris Williams, Director of Public Relations, at (603) 535-2476 or by e-mail to

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