Congressional Art Competition begins now

  • Friday, March 28, 2014

The Office of Congressman Mark Sanford is now accepting submissions from high school students for a chance to have their artwork hung in the U.S. Capitol.

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 nationwide competition.

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in the local congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the First Congressional District of South Carolina.

The overall winning piece of artwork from the First District’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in the Capitol will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

The winning student from within the First District and one parent/guardian will be flown to Washington this summer by Southwest Airlines, free of charge, to attend a reception and the unveiling of their artwork in the Capitol.

All entries, accompanied by the permission form below, must be received by Sanford’s office in Mount Pleasant or Beaufort by April 23. Information on competition guidelines and where to send artwork can be found online at Sanford.house.gov/services/art-competition.

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