Art Competition

94th Assembly District 2022 Art Competition

To Whom It May Concern,

I write to respectfully request your assistance in promoting our 2022 Assembly Arts Competition for New York’s 94th Assembly District. Last year, in partnership with the Putnam Arts Council, we launched our first ever Assembly District Arts Competition for middle school aged children. This special initiative enabled us to offer young people additional opportunities to engage with their elected representatives and harness their passion and skill for the arts. Any assistance you can provide in increasing participation from our eligible youth is appreciated.

The U.S. Congress has conducted its annual Arts Competition exclusively for high school students since 1982. With your assistance and the support of others in the local arts community, our office is seeking to continue its annual Assembly Arts Competition to extend this concept to younger students in the district.

The competition remains open to all middle school students (Grades 5-8) throughout the 94th Assembly District (Yorktown, Somers, Carmel, Southeast, Patterson, and Putnam Valley). Last year, we had students create art inspired by scenes relevant to New York State history and government. Our 2022 Arts Competition will be focused on the theme of Nature. Examples would include trees, rain, oceans, lakes, mountains, etc.

All artwork must be collected by May 16th at my district office located at 3 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster NY 10509 between the hours of 9AM-5PM. Art will be displayed from May 21st to May 29th at Putnam Arts Council at 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac NY 10541 in the A. Eric Arctander Gallery. We will then welcome students, families and teachers to a ceremony on the evening of Thursday May 26th at 6 p.m. to honor all participants and recognize our top five winners, as judged by the Putnam Arts Council.

Schedule and pandemic restrictions permitting, we would also like to invite the students recognized in the top five to the New York State Capitol in Albany to be acknowledged on the floor of the Assembly Chamber. We will notify all participants at a later date if this is possible.

With your added support, this competition will help further highlight the diverse talents of our young students from across the community.

Enclosed is additional information regarding eligibility requirements for you to distribute to your students and faculty at your discretion. Please feel free to contact our office at 845-278-2923 or carofanog@nyassembly.gov with any questions.

Thank you for everything you do to ensure a quality education for our students. We hope you and your class will be able participate.

Respectfully submitted,
Kevin M. Byrne
Member of Assembly
New York’s 94th Assembly District

Competition Guidelines

General Information:

This competition is open to middle school students in the 94th Assembly district. This includes students from the towns of Carmel, Mahopac, Patterson, Yorktown, Somers, Putnam Valley, Brewster, and Southeast. To sign up, students must first complete a consent form/ legal release form linked below, and have it signed by a parent. All artwork submitted must adhere to U.S copyright laws.

Our competition will be focused on the theme of Nature. Examples would include trees, rain, oceans, lakes, mountains, etc..

Suitability:

The artwork submitted must also be appropriate to display in the Legislative Office Building in Albany and the Putnam Arts Council. An example of artwork that would not be appropriate would be any images containing violent, gruesome or threatening images, anything that could be considered politically controversial, or offensive. If students work does not fit these guidelines they may be deemed ineligible and be disqualified from the competition. While it is not our intent to censor anyone, we must make sure that any work displayed in the district or capitol is appropriate for a high trafficked area.

Accepted Mediums:

  • Painted Canvas (Oil, Acrylic, Etc.)
  • Drawings (Ink, Pencil, Colored Pencil, Marker, Charcoal, Etc.)
  • Two Dimensional Collages
  • Mixed Media (Use of two or more mediums)
  • Computer generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in design and adhere to US copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image violating competition rules will not be accepted and automatically disqualified from the competition. For more information regarding copyright laws we recommend you visit the scholastic website at https://www.artandwriting.org/awards/how-to-enter/copyright-plagiarism/

Framing:

All submitted artwork must be two dimensional and submitted in a sturdy frame. All artwork except for oil or acrylic canvas paintings must be protected by either glass or Plexiglas. Frames must have hooks or wires in the back to allow for us to properly hang and display of artwork. All Artwork must be no larger than 18’ by 24’.

Submissions and Recognition:

All submissions can be dropped off at the district office located in Brewster at 3 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster NY 10509 between the hours of 9:30AM to 5:00PM. Please call or email the district prior to dropping off your artwork at (845) 278-2923 or carofanog@nyassembly.gov. All artwork must be collected by May 16th. Art will be displayed from May 21st to May 29th at Putnam Arts Council at 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac NY 10541 in the A. Eric Arctander Gallery. We will then welcome students, families and teachers to a ceremony on the evening of Thursday May 26th to honor all participants and recognize our top five winners, as judged by the Putnam Arts Council.

Schedule and pandemic restrictions permitting, we would also like to invite the students recognized in the top five to the New York State Capitol in Albany to be recognized on the floor of the Assembly Chamber. We will notify all participants at a later date if this is possible.


Assemblyman Byrne & Putnam Arts Council Recognize Contestants at First District-Wide Assembly Art Competition for Middle-School Aged Children

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Mahopac— Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, I, SAM, ROS-Mahopac) and the Putnam Arts Council hosted a ceremony recognizing contestants in the 94th District’s first ever Assembly Art Competition. Eligible contestants included students in grades 5-8 from...