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Congressional Art Competition

The 2020 Congressional Art Competition is now open! 

The submission deadline is 5:00 pm Monday, April 27, 2020.  For details, see the 2020 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines. You must download, complete and attach the 2020 Student Information and Release Form to your submission. For more information, please contact Jaci Winship at 636-779-5449 or jaci.winship@mail.house.gov.

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 Mia Kukorola from Lindbergh High School who won the 2nd Congressional District’s 2019 Art Competition! Mia’s acrylic painting, Power of the Motor is currently hanging in the United States Capitol.  All the 2nd District's 46 entries from the 2019 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.  Framing is optional for the district competition; however 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


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