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Congressional Art Competition


The 2021 Congressional Art Competition is now open! 

The Congressional Art Competition will be digital again this year. All entries and Student Information & Release Forms must be submitted to MO02Wagner.ArtCompetition@mail.house.gov by 5:00pm on Friday, April 30, 2021. For details, see the  MO-02 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines. You must download, complete and attach the 2021 Student Information and Release Form to your submission. For more information, please contact Jaci Winship at 636-779-5449 or MO02Wagner.ArtCompetition@mail.house.gov. The image of your entry should be a .jpeg with the shortest side 2,000 pixels and the total image no larger than 3MB. The image should be identical to the actual artwork and not include any framing, matting or identification.

Each spring, the Members of the United States House of Representatives sponsor the Congressional Art Competition. This competition is an opportunity to recognize the artistic talent of high school students in Missouri’s 2nd District and throughout the nation. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage the talents of their young constituents. Since then, close to one million students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Congratulations to Denise Summers from Lindbergh High School who won the 2nd Congressional District’s 2020 Art Competition! Denise’s acrylic painting, Flourished is currently hanging in the United States Capitol.  All the 2nd District's entries from the 2020 competition can be viewed here.  

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 2nd Congressional District. The winning piece from our district will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol with the other winners from across the nation.  Each winning artist will receive round trip airfare to attend the Congressional Art Competition Reception in Washington, D.C. 

Entries must be two-dimensional and can be no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches deep including the frame.  Framed artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.  The winning piece must be framed according to the competition standards before it is shipped to the Capitol. 

Artwork accepted mediums are:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastels be fixed.)
  • Collage (must be two-dimensional)
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

 All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution.  Entries depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.