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High Profile, Underground
Tunnel of Art
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMMA BEYER
the U.S. Capitol,
The artwork is part of the Congressional Art Competition, sponsored each spring by the House of
Representatives. High school students from around the country are asked by each congressional district to
submit original artwork, including photographs, paintings, drawings and digital art to their district’s con-gressman’s
Then, in early May, judges choose one winning piece from each congressional district in each state. The
winning pieces are displayed by states in the Cannon Tunnel for one year. Since the competition began in
1982, more than 650,000 pieces of art have been submitted.
North Carolina has 13 U.S. House districts, including the 7th District that encompasses the Wilmington region.