Each year, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for high school students. This competition is an exciting way for a student from our region to represent the Ninth Congressional District in Washington. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the Ninth District.
The chosen theme for this year is “Southwest Virginia as a Land of Opportunity—A Focus on Southwest Virginia Occupations.” Interested students must submit a photograph of their original artwork to either my Christiansburg or Abingdon office by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4 for consideration. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed student information release form to qualify. The 2016 student information release form can be found at the bottom of this page.
The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and will be invited to Washington for a reception. The second and third place selections will be displayed in my Christiansburg and Abingdon offices.
Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. Artwork must be two-dimensional and cannot weigh more than 15 lbs. The work may be:
- Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
- Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
- Collage: must be two dimensional
- Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
- Mixed Media: use of more than two medias such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Computer-generated art
All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.
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.
Selene Geier won the Ninth District's 2015 Congressional Art Competition with an oil on canvas piece title Rush. Receiving Second Place for his acrylic painting entitled Approaching the Knob is Hunter Bell from Salem High School. Tying for third place are Virginia High School students Berkeley Richard for her watercolor piece entitled Venerating Virginia and Kristian Wilson for her piece Music is Born, which was made with colored pencils.
From left to right: Michelle Jenkins, Ninth District Director displaying Berkley Richard’s piece, Hunter Bell, Kristian Wilson, Selene Geier, Congressman Morgan Griffith.
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, please contact my Washington office at 202-225-3861 or visit the Congressional Art Competition website.
2016 Student Information Release Form pdf