Art Competition

2020 Congressional Art Competition – Let the Creativity Begin

Each spring, I host the First Congressional District Art Competition for high school students.  This competition, sponsored by the Congressional Art Institute, seeks to encourage, engage, and recognize students’ artistic talent.  

Students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to participate with the first-place winner receiving:

  • Two roundtrip airline tickets to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in a reception to honor their achievements.
  • The distinction of having their winning piece displayed for a year in the Cannon House Office Building at the Capitol.

The second and third place winners' artwork will be displayed in my Congressional District Office.  In addition, each will receive a surprise reward to recognize their accomplishments.  To view previous winners click on this link: https://www.congressionalinstitute.org/2019-winners/.

Submission Information

Student participants single entry should be original in concept, design, and execution.  Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.  Please note: the artwork submitted does not have to be something created specifically for this competition.  Any piece done during this school year can be submitted.

The artwork must be two-dimensional, not weigh more than 15 pounds, and should not exceed 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including frame.  Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal, (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed).
  • Collages: must be two-dimensional.
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints.
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Submit your Student Release Form Application and artwork by April 30, 2020, to my Chicago District Office, 11750 S. Western, Chicago, IL, 60643.  Please view the Submission Checklist and Rules and Guidelines for Students and Teachers for additional information. Student release forms must accompany each entry. Do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-779-2400 if you have any questions.

Click here to download the rules for students and teachers.
Click here to download the student release form.
Click here to download the submission checklist.

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