Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 1st District. The overall winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches × 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and may not exceed 15 pounds.  If your artwork is selected, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., framed and, when framed, it must still measure no larger than the aforementioned maximum dimensions.  The art work may be:

  • Collage (Must be two dimensional)
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Mixed Media (In that you may use more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.)
  • Paintings (including oil, acrylics and watercolor)
  • Photography
  • Prints (including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints)

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

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. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition — including this year’s deadlines — please submit the following form or contact James Teague at (773) 779-2400.

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