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Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to the first-place winner of the 2020 2nd District Congressional Art Competition, Lindbergh High School junior Denise Summers!

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.

The 2020 Congressional Art Competition was delayed and eventually administered through digital entries which were judged by three local professional artists.  Thank you to the 20 participants, their art teachers and their families! All the impressive 2020 submissions from the 2nd District can be viewed here.

Denise’s acrylic painting Flourished will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. She will receive two airline tickets to attend the National Congressional Art Competition Reception in September.

In second place, Lindbergh senior, Lydia Burkett’s watercolor Hand Whisk will be displayed in my D.C. office. The third-place winner, Anna Butler’s mixed media piece, Hidden Gems, will be hung in my district office.

The 2nd Congressional District Art Competition is open to all high school students in the district. Contact Jaci Winship at MO02Wagner.ArtCompetition@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.