Nation’s heritage center announced its art contest for this year

The nation’s heritage center has announced a new contest for emerging and professional artists to draw historical structures.

The Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural is the same entity that gives grants to restore historic structures.

Artists are invited to enter using any number of techniques from oils to ink. Professional artists compete for a prize of 2 million colons, about $3,700. Those in the emerging artists category compete for a prize of half that amount.

The works have to be presented by June 13 at the center’s office on the pedestrian walkway in downtown San José. Selected works will be on display there starting Aug. 18.

The center seems to be seeking representational art, so followers of Jackson Pollock and his drip art technique probably should not enter.

Winning works become the property of the center for its permanent collection.

Expats are invited to enter as long as they are older than 18 years and have lived in the country at least two years, said the center.

Only one entry per artist is permitted, and the work should have been created this year, the center added.

An application form and rules can be obtained at the center’s Web site.

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