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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.

The 2020 art competition was judged by a panel of established artists and art teachers from around the 4th Congressional District.  The theme of the 2020 art competition was “Mississippi, the Beautiful.”  Each student used this theme to express what he or she sees as part of the beauty of our great state.

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.
  •   To submit artwork, please fill out our online form here, where you will upload the student release form along with the submission. 
The deadline for submission has passed. The winners were announced on May 22nd.   Winners were selected from the following categories:  Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Collage, Computer Generated, Printing, Overall Winner, Overall Runner Up.

Competition Rules
Competition Permission Form
A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism 

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