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Second Annual Art in the Capitol Competition Showcases Talent of Florida Students

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February 28, 2018

Contact: DMS Communications, 850-921-5266

 

SECOND ANNUAL ART IN THE CAPITOL COMPETITION SHOWCASES TALENT OF FLORIDA STUDENTS

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Student artwork from all over the state now lines the walls of the Lower Level of the Florida State Capitol as part of the Second Annual Art in the Capitol Competition. The competition is hosted jointly by the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) and the Florida Department of Education and sponsored by members of the Florida Legislature.

The competition is aimed at encouraging middle school students to try their hand at art, and this year’s Capitol display includes works from 35 students in grades 6 through 8. Competition criteria requires each piece to be two-dimensional and be original in concept, design, and execution. Winners were selected by a committee consisting of high school art teachers, and each student paired up with a legislative member to sponsor the artwork to be displayed during session. A list of the students and their artwork is available at Art in the Capitol webpage.

“As the custodian of the Capitol complex, DMS is proud to host this event and share these inspiring works with Capitol visitors,” said DMS Secretary Erin Rock. “These are our future leaders, and that is what makes it such a joy to be able to get a glimpse at the soul and spirit of these kids through their art.”

“There are many talented students throughout the state of Florida, and the Art in the Capitol Competition is a wonderful way to recognize their creativity and artistic ability,” said Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. “I look forward to admiring the students’ work, and I am pleased that visitors to the State Capitol will have the opportunity to enjoy student artwork.”  

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