Congressman Jerry McNerney

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Congressman McNerney Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Feb 12, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Looking to showcase the artistic talent and creativity of high school students in his district, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced that his office is taking submissions for the 2016 National Congressional Art Competition. Sponsored by the United States Congress, this annual competition serves as a way to showcase the artistic talents and accomplishments of high school students throughout the country.

“The creativity and vision presented by our young constituents never ceases to amaze me. I am inspired each year by these students as their expression of art through education continues to grow,” said Rep. McNerney. “It is important to encourage our youth to pursue their dreams, and I’m excited to see the artwork from this year’s competition.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide a unique 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 this nationwide competition.

A panel of judges will select the winning entries, and their decision will be announced at a special ceremony and exhibit.  The grand prize winner from the district will be flown to Washington, D.C. along with a guest to attend the overall winners’ awards ceremony in June. The winner’s artwork will also go on display in a busy corridor that leads to the U.S. Capitol, used daily by members of Congress, staffers, and visitors to Washington, D.C.  

The second, third and fourth place winners will have their work displayed in one of Congressman McNerney’s three offices, located in Washington, D.C., Stockton, and Antioch.

Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition should visit Rep. McNerney’s website: They can get more information and download the required release form.

Rules for Submissions:

The contest is open to all high school students in California’s 9th District.

The deadline to submit artwork is Friday, April 8, 2016.

Entries may be up to 28” x 28” x 4” (including the frame).

The art work may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

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

Submissions and a release form can be dropped off at either of Congressman McNerney’s district offices. Please see the corresponding addresses below:

Antioch Office                                                         Stockton Office
Office of Congressman Jerry McNerney                  Office of Congressman Jerry McNerney
4703 Lone Tree Way                                              2222 Grand Canal Blvd, Suite 7
Antioch, CA 94531                                                Stockton, CA 95207


Students and teachers may also contact Rep. McNerney’s Stockton office at (209) 476-8552 or his Antioch office at (925) 754-0716 with additional questions.


Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.