The 2023 Congressional Art competition has concluded! Congratulations to Jasmine Larkins of Christian County High School for being selected as the 2023 First District winner!
Information on 2024's Competition will be released in early 2024. Please follow this page for more information.
Congressman Comer invites all high school students in the First District to participate in the competition and submit their artwork. For more information on the Congressional Art Competition, please see below as well as the Rules for Students and Teachers. All students must submit the Student Release Form with their artwork to Congressman Comer’s Tompkinsville Office (200 North Main Street, Suite F, Tompkinsville, KY 42167) no later than Friday, April 28, 2023. Entrants are required to pay for their own framing if selected as the winner and runner-up.
Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page. The first place winner, in addition to having their art hanging in the Capitol all year, will receive an invitation to attend a reception in Washington DC during the summer months. Past winners have also received additional benefits such as two roundtrip Southwest airline tickets to attend the reception and a $3,000 yearly scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) or Tennessee Wesleyan College. More information on prizes for the winner will be released by the Congressional Art Competition in the coming weeks on their website.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
- 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
All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Artwork may be no larger than 26" x 26" x 4" including the frame. It must also not weigh more than 15 lbs. 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). Entrants are required to pay for their own framing if selected as the winner and runner-up.
If you have any further questions, you can email/call Jason Tyler or Jenna Anderson – Jason.Tyler@mail.house.gov (202-225-3115) or Jenna.Anderson@mail.house.gov (270-487-9509).
All artwork must be mailed or dropped off to the Tompkinsville Office (200 North Main Street, Suite F, Tompkinsville, KY 42167) no later than Friday, April 28, 2023. Entries not received by that date will not be accepted. Entrants are required to pay for their own framing if selected as the winner and runner-up.
2023 Congressional Art Competition Timeline:
April 28, 2023: Submission Deadline
May 2023: Winners Selected
June 2023: DC Reception for All 1st Place Winners (Subject to Change)