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San Diego– Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced the opening of an art exhibit in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station featuring the entries from the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide contest sponsored by the Congressional Institute and hosted by Members of Congress each spring.

The Congressional Art Competition, which began in 1982, takes place each year across the country. Participation has quadrupled since Rep. Peters began the competition in the 52nd district in 2013. This year, students across San Diego submitted a record 61 entries, including paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. 

“Every year, I look forward to showcasing the artistic talents of high school students through the Congressional Art Competition,” said Rep. Peters. “San Diego is home to museums and public art that define the cultural fabric of our city and add character to our shared spaces. This exhibit is the perfect way to celebrate the talent and creativity of the next generation of local artists, and foster a lifelong love of the arts.”

The exhibit is hosted by the San Diego Water Color Society and Arts District Liberty Station, two long-standing partners in San Diego’s arts and culture scene.

“SDWS is pleased to be able to host the ‘52nd Congressional District Art Competition Exhibition,’ where young people can show us their art, and see what their peers have done in the same format,” said Ralph Kingery, President of The San Diego Watercolor Society. “This show implements our continuing mission in art education. We want to see what they have done, and we hope that they will take the opportunity to view the art that SDWS members have created and are showing in the adjacent gallery.

“ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is proud to be the home for this prestigious contest that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in students,” said Lori Fleet-Martin, NTC Foundation Board Chair. “Since our transformation from Navy Base to Arts District, we continue to serve San Diego by inspiring, educating, and training young people in the arts. We’d like to thank Congressman Scott Peters for helping shine a spotlight on the talented young artists in our district. I’d also like to thank Ralph Kingery and the San Diego Watercolor Society, as one of our earliest tenants.”

Artwork will be on display at Liberty Station from Wednesday, April 12th to Thursday, April 20th. For more information, visit Liberty Station’s event page, or