Peterson seeking submissions for Congressional Art Competition


(WASHINGTON DC) – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is inviting high school students from across the Seventh Congressional District to submit their artwork for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

The competition is open to all high-school students, and the overall winner of each participating district will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol.

"I hope students from across the district who love art will consider entering this competition," Peterson said. "This is a great way for young artists to show their talent at the U.S. Capitol for a year."

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 nation-wide competition. Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 3 inches in depth. The art work may be:

• Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor

• Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers

• Collage

• Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints

• Mixed Media

• Computer Generated Art

• Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. Paintings/drawings/etc that are a reproduction of another artists work (including photographs) do not qualify for this competition.


In an attempt to reach students from across the entire 7th District, this year my office will be handling all Congressional Art Competition submissions online to ensure accessibility for all students. To encourage participation, selection of the winning artwork will be made based on the photograph submitted with the application. Selection of the winning artwork will be made in early May, and further instructions will be sent to the winner. The deadline for all submissions to my office is April 22, 2013. To apply for the Congressional Arts Competition, please submit a photograph of the artwork, via email, to


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