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Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to the first-place winner of the 2018 2nd District Congressional Art Competition, Lindbergh High School sophomore Lydia Burkett!

Each spring, Members of the United States House of Representatives sponsor the Congressional Art Competition. This competition is an opportunity to recognize the artistic talent of 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 and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.

44 talented high school artists from across the 2nd Congressional District entered the 2018 competition which was judged by three local artists.  Thank you to the participants, their art teachers and their families! All the impressive 2018 submissions from the 2nd District can be viewed here

It was a pleasure to meet Lydia and her teacher from Lindbergh, David Early!

Lydia’s acrylic painting, Chrome, Glass Study will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.

In second place, Eureka senior Anna Grahlherr’s drawing Time in a Bottle will be displayed in my D.C. office. The third-place winner, Xuantong Ning’s Zentangle Portrait, will be hung in my district office. Xuantong is a sophomore at Ladue-Horton Watkins. The judges awarded Best Photo to Jasmin Dizdarevic, a senior from Hancock Place, for Color Pop.

The 2nd Congressional District Art Competition is open to all high school students in the district. Contact Jaci Winship at jaci.winship@mail.house.gov or 636-779-5449 for additional information.

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.