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Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 4th District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Art Competition page. In the past, the winner also received a round trip ticket from Southwest for themselves and one guest to attend an official reception that is held in Washington DC. The second and third place winners will be hung in the Columbia and Harrisonville offices, respectively, and the people’s choice winner will be hung in the DC office.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

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

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. 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. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

All artwork is to be delivered to the Congresswoman’s Columbia office at 2415 Carter Ln. Ste. 4, Columbia, MO 65201 by 5:00pm CT on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Our office is happy to make special arrangements with those of you who live outside the Columbia area. If you would like for a staff member to pick up the artwork from your school or arrange to meet at one of our local offices, please reach out to us at any of our district office locations.

Please look over the 2021 competition rules, checklist, and other information, which can be found on

In order to enter the competition, the following student release form must be completely filled out, printed, signed and turned in with the original artwork to the Congresswoman's office no later than 5:00pm CT on Thursday, April 1, 2021.  Late entries will not be accepted.