Valley Congressman Tim Ryan announced the 41st anniversary of the Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery" on Friday.

The nationwide competition gives local students an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents for a chance of having their entry hang as part of an 11-month exhibition in the Cannon Tunnel leading to the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

The 13th Congressional District Art Competition is open to all students who live or attend school in Ohio's 13th Congressional District.

Congressman Ryan says the competition is a great opportunity for local students to participate on a national stage and have their art seen by thousands of people.

"This competition also recognizes and encourages the artistic talent both in our district and around the nation. We need the arts in our lives now more than ever, and the Congressional Art Competition showcases the very best of Northeast Ohio. I'm excited to see what our students will create," Ryan said.

The competition began in 1982. From there, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated at a local level. 

This year's winning artist will have the opportunity to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception held in the Capitol Complex in Washington D.C. in June.

Following the contest, the Best of Show artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel and the 1st place winner's artwork will be hung in Ryan's Washington D.C. office at Longworth House Office Building.