Peterson Announces Congressional Art Competition

Mar 31, 2017 Issues: Education


U.S. Representative Collin Peterson today announced his office is accepting applications for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The winning artwork will be featured for one year in the United States Capitol.

“This contest is a great way to display the artwork from students of the Seventh District. I am always very proud of the work put into these pieces and I would encourage every high school artist to participate,” Peterson said.

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. The Competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high-school students have participated in the nation-wide contest.

The grand prize winner will be flown to Washington, D.C. in June for a reception honoring his or her artwork, which will be on display for one year. Two semi-finalists will have their artwork displayed in Peterson’s district offices.

Submitted artwork may be up to 26 inches x 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. Accepted mediums include:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers
  • Collage (two-dimensional)
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution. Artwork that is a reproduction of another artist’s work, including photographs, does not qualify for this competition.


To best ensure accessibility for all students, Peterson’s office will be accepting all Congressional Art Competition submissions online. Selection of the winning piece will be determined based upon the photograph submitted with the application. More information is available at Faculty or students with questions can also contact Chelsea Cornett in Peterson’s Washington, D.C. Office at 202-225-2165.

To apply for the Congressional Art Competition, please submit a photograph of the artwork with the following information to

  • Student Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Artwork Title
  • Medium

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, May 5, 2017.