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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 (Grades 9 - 12) 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 theme is Home of the Brave.

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.

Entries must be submitted to a selection and awards ceremony by 1:45p on Friday, April 26.  The art will be submitted, judged, and then a winner will be selected.  The winner must be present to win.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
heck-in: 1:00pm – 1:45pm CT
Awards Ceremony: 2:30pm CT
Location: NSU – Muskogee Auditorium
2400 E Shawnee Rd., Muskogee OK, 74403

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 or email Mullin.ArtCompetition@mail.house.gov.

Art Competition Rules 2019
Art Competition Student Release Form 2019

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