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Congressman McNerney Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Apr 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced that his office is now accepting submissions for the 2017 National Congressional Art Competition.  Sponsored by the United States Congress, this annual competition serves as a way to highlight the artistic talents of high school students across the nation.

“Art allows students to expand their creativity while helping them to develop crucial skills,” said Rep. McNerney. “The Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of young artists from my district, and I’m looking forward to seeing the artwork from this year’s participants.”

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 this nationwide competition.

A panel of judges will select the winning entries, which 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 at for additional information and to download the required release form.

Rules for Submissions:

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

The deadline to submit artwork is Friday, April 28, 2017.

Entries may be up to 26” x 26” x 4” (including the frame), 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
  • Collage
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Submit your artwork along with your release form at either of Congressman McNerney’s district offices:

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.