2017 Congressional Art Competition
Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a national high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is a unique opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of youth and teens in our district, as well as across the nation. This competition is open to all students in California’s 9th Congressional District. This includes the cities of Lodi, Stockton, Lathrop, Brentwood, Galt, Oakley, and parts of Antioch.
The deadline to submit artwork to our district offices is Friday, April 28, 2017.
Submit your artwork along with your release form at either of Congressman McNerney’s district offices:
If you would like more information about the annual Congressional Art Competition, contact the Stockton office at (209) 476-8552 or Antioch office at (925) 754-0716.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 9th Congressional District. The top winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol tunnel which is seen daily by Members of Congress, staffers, and visitors alike. The exhibit will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.
Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” x 4” (including the frame, if you frame the work), must be two-dimensional, and may not weigh more than 15 pounds. The artwork may be:
- Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
- Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media
- Computer Generated Art
All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as a way to provide a special opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since its inception, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with this nationwide competition.
Self-Portrait by Sara Lara, 1st Place Winner of the 2016 9th Congressional District Art Competition