U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced today that the 2020 Congressional Art Competition submission deadline has been extended by two weeks and submissions will now be accepted electronically. Both of these modifications are due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting mandatory school closings. Students may do their artwork independently at home and are not required to submit through their school.
“These changes will abide by CDC recommended social distancing measures and encourage more students to still be involved in this great opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities," said Davis. "I’m excited to see this year’s Congressional Art Competition submissions."
A panel of local judges will select the winner to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. The second and third place winners, along with the "Fan Favorite" chosen by Davis' Facebook followers, will have his/her artwork displayed in one of Davis' offices.
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 two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. for a reception.