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Congressional Arts 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 (9th-12th) students in the 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.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep, including the frame. The accepted mediums for 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 theme this year for the artwork will be WESTERN. The official rules and submission form have not been approved but will be forthcoming. We do not anticipate any changes except for the size. The artwork dimension maximum is 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep. This is 2” smaller than last year and this includes the frame.

The contest entries must be submitted to thee McAlester or Muskogee offices by the close of business on April 6, 2017 in order to be considered.  

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, please call the Muskogee office at 918-687-2533 and ask to speak with the Art Competition Coordinator.

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