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Van Hollen Partnering With Photo School For Congressional Art Competition

By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 3/14/2013, 10:53am  ET

The Washington School of Photography on Rugby Avenue is moving north to Rockville because of redevelopment (file photo)Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) today opened the annual art competition for high school artists in his Eighth Congressional District. The winner gets his or her entry displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for a year. Runners-up will see their work displayed in Van Hollen’s offices.

This year, Van Hollen’s office is teaming up with the new Capitol Arts Network/Washington School of Photography in Rockville’s Twinbrook neighborhood.

You might remember the Washington School of Photography (WSP) from its nearly 40 years in downtown Bethesda. It recently moved up Rockville Pike after development forced it out of its longtime home on Rugby Avenue.

A juried selection of submitted work in the competition will be on display at WSP’s new home (12276 Wilkins Ave.), which it shares with the Capitol Arts Network.

To participate, students must complete an entry form. The information can be found on Van Hollen’s website.

Entries can be delivered to three locations throughout the district, including CAN/WSP on Friday, April 19 between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 20 between 10 a.m. and noon.

Van Hollen will host a reception to showcase the exhibit, honor all participants and announce the winners at WSP on Sunday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.