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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school arts competition.  The Artistic Discovery competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our own congressional district.

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.

The Artistic Discovery competition is open to all high school students in the Second District.  The winner from the Second Congressional District will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, alongside winners from other participating congressional districts.

Artwork entered in the competition may be up to 26” (high) x 26” (wide) x 4” (deep), including the frame, and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.  This year’s artwork should fall under one of two themes: Oklahoma Industry or Patriotic.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings: including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collages
  • Prints: including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer-generated Art
  • Photographs

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

The competition entries must be submitted to the Claremore, McAlester, or Muskogee office by the close of business on Friday, April 27, 2018 in order to be considered.  

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please call the Claremore office at 918-283-6262 and ask to speak with the Art Competition Coordinator.

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