Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 Congressional Art Competition

Every year since 1982, the United States House of Representatives has conducted an art competition for high school students across the nation as a way to highlight the importance of fine arts in schools. Since its inception, more than 650,000 students have participated. Winning pieces are displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, a prominent thoroughfare in the U.S. Capitol building, where they are viewed by thousands of visitors each year.

The 2016 Congressional Arts Competition is underway, and I would like to invite all high school students in the Fourth District of Virginia to participate. Through this competition, one student from Virginia's Fourth Congressional District will have the unique opportunity to have their artwork showcased in our Nation's Capitol, alongside compositions of other student artists from across the country. The student whose artwork is chosen to be displayed will also be invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June.

You can read more about the competition on my website at
  • All submissions must be an original concept by the student
  • All artwork must be two dimensional
  • All artwork, including the frame, can be no larger than 28" x 28" x 4", and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds
All submissions must be received in one of my district offices by Wednesday, April 20th in order to be considered. Please send all entries to:

Chesapeake District Office
505 Independence Parkway, Suite 104
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 382 - 0080

Chesterfield District Office
9401 Courthouse Road, Suite 202
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 318-1363

I look forward to seeing the artistic ability that our students have to offer.

Yours in Service,