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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter, Kuster Announce 2017 Congressional Art Competition

April 4, 2017
Press Release
Annual Contest Showcases New Hampshire High School Students’ Artistic Talent

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) today announced a call for entries for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, members of Congress sponsor a nationwide high school visual art competition where students from across the country submit their artwork to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building.

“Our state’s high school artists have produced some amazing artwork through the years and I am excited to see what this year’s contributors will exhibit,” said Shea-Porter.

“I always enjoy seeing the beautiful works of art that young Granite Staters create for this competition,” said Kuster. “These pieces bring joy to visitors from around the country. I thank these talented individuals for sharing their work with us.” 

The Congressional Art Competition has offered young artists the opportunity for recognition and encouragement since 1982. More than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition through the years. The winning artwork from each Congressional district is displayed in an eleven-month exhibit in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol.  

Art entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and up to 4 inches in depth. Eligible artwork mediums include:

  •          Paintings: Oil, Acrylics, Watercolor, etc.
  •          Drawings: Pastels, Colored Pencil, Pencil, Charcoal, Ink, Marker (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  •          Collages: Must be two dimensional
  •          Prints: Lithographs, Silk Screen, Block Prints
  •          Mixed Media: Use of more than two mediums such as Pencil, Ink, Watercolor, etc.
  •          Computer-generated art 
  •          Photographs 

The deadline for entries is Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM. For more information, First District constituents may view full contest guidelines at shea-porter.house.gov/services/art-competition.

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