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Congressional Art Competition open to High School Students

Each spring the United States House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students. 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.

All high school students are encouraged to participate. The winning entry from Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District will be displayed in the United State Capitol for a year alongside artwork from every district across the country. Artwork submitted must be original, no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be 2 dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art or photography.

​Three award-winning works of art will be selected by a distinguished panel of local judges. I will announce the winners at an Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Valdosta Mall on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 3:00pm. The first-place art work will be displayed at the US Capitol for an eleven-month exhibit beginning in June, 2018. The winning student will receive two airline tickets to Washington, DC for the national ceremony and ribbon cutting of the art exhibit. The student will also be eligible to receive a $3,000 per year admission scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, should they apply and be accepted. The People's Choice Award winner's artwork will be displayed in my Washington, D.C. office, unless it is the same piece that wins the overall competition, in which case the first-place offerings apply.

All entries will be displayed at the Valdosta Mall for an exhibit lasting from March 30 to April 23.

All artwork must be submitted by March 20th to Mrs. Osmus. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Osmus in room 701.