Congressman Tim Walz kicked off the 2013 Congressional Art Competition by inviting high school students from across Minnesota's First District to submit their artwork for the contest.

Beginning in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition serves as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district.

Christina Gile won last year's First District competition with her painting, "The Mist-ery."

The first-place winner will have their artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, leading to the U.S. Capitol, for an entire year.

The art contest is free and open to students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in the First Congressional District.

The following types of artwork can be submitted:

• Paintings - including oil, acrylics and watercolor

• Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers

• Collage

• Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints

• Mixed Media

• Computer Generated Art

• Photography

For a copy of the guidelines, visit online at www.walz.house.gov.

To receive a student release form and art guidelines, contact your high school art teacher or Ann Spicer in Rep. Walz's Rochester office at (507) 206-0643 or email ann.spicer@mail.house.gov.

Artwork must be received in either Rep. Walz's Rochester or Mankato office by Friday, April 12.