Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Congressional Art 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 is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 17th District. The artwork of the over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The winner of the competition will also receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C. The artwork of runners up will be displayed in Congresswoman Bustos' 4 offices.

This year's entries can be viewed on Facebook.

Vote online here Monday, April 20th through Thursday April 30th!

By voting in the Congressional Art Competition, you agree to receive periodic email updates from Congresswoman Bustos.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, 4 inches in depth and 15 pounds in weight (including the frame). The art work may be

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

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.

Click here to view the winner and all submissions for 2014