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Congressional Art Competition


The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, grades 9-12, who either reside or attend school in Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District.

The winner of the competition will have his or her artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The overall winner will have the opportunity to attend the Congressional Art Competition Forum in Washington, DC, in June with Southwest Airlines providing airfare for the winner and one parent or guardian.

Details: To be eligible, the actual art must be two-dimensional, framed, and can be no larger than 26”x26”x4 (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep). Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the dimensions listed. If you win the competition, your artwork must be framed before shipping it to DC. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Artwork must be original in concept, design and execution.
  • Artwork accepted mediums are as follows:
    • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
    • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
    • Collage: must be two dimensional
    • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
    • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
    • Computer-generated art
    • Photographs
  • Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges from south Mississippi.

  • Second and third place entries will be displayed in Steven’s district office over the next year.
Submissions: Two ways to submit artwork:
  • Art teachers can mail a CD with a photo of each piece of art, labeled with student name and art title, along with the students’ corresponding signed release forms. Anything mailed should be sent to Leslie Churchwell in my Gulfport District Office at 84 48th Street, Gulfport, MS 39507.
  • Students and teachers can email a photo of the piece of art saved as a JPEG and a scanned copy of the signed release form.

The deadline for submission is 5:00 P.M. on April 24th.   The winners will be announced on May 3rd.   Winners will be selected from the following categories:  Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Collage, Computer Generated, Printing, Overall Winner, Overall Runner Up.

Competition Rules
Competition Permission Form

For complete details and guidelines, students and education leaders should visit or call Congressman Palazzo’s office at (228) 864-7670.