Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide 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.

Theme for this year’s artwork: “Living in the Heartland";
Entry Deadline:  5:00 pm CST Friday, April 17, 2015 (entries must be framed and delivered to the Columbia office by this time)

Art Competition Guidelines can be found here.

Student Information and Release Form can be found here.

We received 44 entries by some of our district’s very talented young artists this year. It was no easy task for our judge to decide on the three finalists and eventually choose the first place prize winner. I congratulate Taylor Ellebracht who captured the first place ribbon using colored pencil to provide the viewer with a beautiful close-up of her family dog.

"Misty"-Taylor Ellebracht

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 4th District. The over-all 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 nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

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.