Art Contest

We are happy to announce the 2019 Congressional Art Competition!

This annual event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the artistic talent of students in each congressional district.

The VA-07 Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, regardless of where they attend school. If you are unsure of your congressional district, click here to check your addressThe winning artwork for each district is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and featured on the Congressional Art Competition website

Please review the 2019 Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers. Additionally, the following rules apply:

  • Due to space limitations, students may only submit one piece of art for the competition.
  • To be considered for any scholarship awards, entries must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 at either of our district offices.*

*Due to the possibility of last-minute district events and scheduling changes, the student/parent/teacher is advised to call ahead to arrange a drop-off time with the district staff. Please do not leave your artwork unattended.

Henrico Office
4201 Dominion Blvd, Suite 110
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(
804) 401-4110

or

Spotsylvania Office  
9104 Courthouse Rd., Room 249
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
(
540) 321-6130

Artwork entered in the contest must be framed and ready to hang with measurements no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” and may not weigh more than 15 pounds, including the frame. This is to protect your submission from damage, as your artwork will be moved over the course of the 2019 competition. For now, a discount store frame is acceptable. Our office will work with the winner to ensure that the winning piece is framed in accordance with Congressional Art Competition guidelines for display in the U.S. Capitol.

The following are permitted for consideration:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Entries must be submitted with the typed 2019 Congressional Art Competition Student Information & Release Form attached to the back with the appropriate student, parent/guardian, and teacher signatures. The artists must certify that this is their original work. For additional information and tips about copyright and plagiarism, please click here.

Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). With the exception of the winning entry which will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, all artwork will be released to the student or their designee at the end of the June 1st awards ceremony. Artists who are unable to attend will arrange for pickup of their artwork by June 10th.

Students, their families, and teachers are urged to save the date, Friday, May 3, 2019, for an exhibit, reception, and awards ceremony in Henrico County. Time and location TBA. 

With the exception of the winning entry, which will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, all artwork will be released to the student or their designee at the end of the May 3rd awards ceremony.  Artists who are unable to attend will arrange for pickup of their artwork by May 17 at the district office where they submitted their piece.

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