Byrne Kicks Off 94th District Middle School Art Competition

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, Ref-Mahopac) is kicking off his annual Art Competition for middle-school students in partnership with the Putnam Arts Council. The theme of this year’s competition is Nature. Examples include trees, rain, oceans, lakes, mountains, etc.

“Last year’s competition was a great success and I look forward to meeting another group of talented young artists this year,” said Byrne. This special initiative enables us to offer young people additional opportunities to engage with their elected representatives and harness their passion and skill for the arts.”

This competition will take place within the towns of Yorktown, Somers, Carmel, Southeast, Patterson and Putnam Valley and is open to all middle-school aged children. Eligible public schools will include students from George Fisher Middle School, Mahopac Middle School, Lakeland Cooper Beech Middle School, Somers Middle School, Mildred E Strang Middle School, Putnam Valley Middle School and Henry H. Wells Middle School. All students attending parochial schools, private schools, and home-schooled students within the district are also encouraged to participate.

Artwork must be submitted by May 16 at Assemblyman Byrne’s district office located at 3 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster, NY 10509 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Art will be displayed in the A. Eric Arctander Gallery at the Putnam Arts Council located on 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac, NY 10541 from May 21 to May 29. All students, families and teachers will be invited to a ceremony on the evening of Thursday, May 26 to honor all participants and recognize our top five winners, as judged by the Putnam Arts Council.

Rules and guidelines to enter the competition will be available on Assemblyman Byrne’s website at Anyone with further questions is encouraged to contact the district office at (845) 278-2923.