Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives as an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.
The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982, and hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated throughout the years. One winner is chosen from each participating district, and the winner’s artwork is then sent to Washington, D.C. for display in the U.S. Capitol. Each winner also receives a roundtrip ticket to Washington, D.C. compliments of Southwest Airlines.
Entries for the 2017 competition are no longer being accepted. This year’s winning entry was “Processing Nature” by JT Boehme of Taylorville, Illinois. His piece and winning entries from other Congressional districts can be seen here. Thank you to all the students who participated this year.
For further information about the art competition, please contact my Champaign office at 217-403-4690.