LOWELL -- Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is accepting submissions for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. The annual competition promotes artistic talent and achievement among young artists, providing them with the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. The competition is open to high school students.

This year, the winning student will have his/her artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, as well as receive two complimentary airplane tickets to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national ceremony in mid-June. An artistic scholarship of at least $3,000 will be awarded to the winner, providing that the student applies to and is accepted by the institution offering the award.

All individuals who wish to participate must follow the artwork guidelines, as well as submit information and release forms with their piece. This information and the forms can be found at tsongas.house.gov/congressional-art-competition.

Artwork should be delivered to Tsongas' Lowell office: 11 Kearney Square, 4th Floor, Lowell, MA 01852. Submissions are due by April 29.

The artwork will be on display for the month of May at the Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road. An artists' reception will be held May 29 at the library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at which time Tsongas will announce the overall winner and runners up. For questions, call 978-459-0101 or visit the congresswoman's website.