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Congressman Kevin Yoder

Representing the 3rd District of Kansas

2018 Congressional Art Competition

The 2017 Art Competition winner "Mother" by Thao Nguyen from Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kansas City, Kansas.

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 nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest (Congressional Art Competition) is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 3rd District (grades 9 – 12). The over-all winner of our District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: 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

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). Students may enter more than one piece of art.

Because the student’s artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition it cannot be returned to the student earlier. Students should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

If you are a parent or teacher and know of a student or students who should enter the 2017 Congressional Art Competition please get this information to them. Forms necessary are available below. Please print them and have the student fill out the information. The Student Release Form and artwork must be submitted together (with each piece of art) to Congressman Yoder’s District Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13th.  

If you’d like more information please contact my District Office at (913) 621-0832.

Click here to access the 2018 Congressional Art Competition documents required for submission.