WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, is now accepting entries for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors “An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide competition for high school students interested in the arts and looking for an opportunity to showcase their creativity. The annual contest recognizes and encourages artistic talent of young constituents across the nation, including those living in Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District.

After the Fourth District winner has been announced, the student’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In addition, the winning prize includes travel to Washington with a guest for a reception and award presentation, courtesy of Southwest Airlines. The Fourth District winner also becomes eligible to receive a $3,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art & Design or Tennessee Wesleyan University if he or she enrolls at either institution.

All entries are accepted at one of Congressman Cole’s district offices or the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce until 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 2. Those locations are listed below:

• Norman office: 2424 Springer Dr., Ste. 201. Phone: (405) 329-6500.

• Lawton office: 711 SW D Ave., Ste. 201. Phone: (580) 357-2131

• Ada office: 100 E. 13th St., Ste. 213. Phone: (580) 436-5475.

• Ardmore Chamber of Commerce: 410 W. Main. Phone: (580) 223-7765.

The official entry form, contest rules and submission checklist are available at https://cole.house.gov/services/art-competition. For other questions about the competition, please contact Katie Ringer at (405) 329-6500.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.