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Congressman Mike Gallagher

Representing the 8th District of Wisconsin


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 our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor

  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)

  • Collages - must be two dimensional

  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints

  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

  • Computer-generated art

  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on

Each entry must include a completed, typed student information and Release form, be framed and have attached picture wire to be considered for judging.

[Student Entry and Release Form PDF]

Submissions must be received by my Green Bay or Appleton district offices, the Neville Public Museum, or the Trout Museum of Art on or before Monday, April 24, 2017.

If you cannot make it to my district offices during office hours, please consider submitting artwork directly to the Neville Public Museum or the Trout Museum of Art during their artwork intake days.


Neville Public Museum:

210 Museum Place

Green Bay, WI 54303



April 22: 9am to 5pm

April 23: 12pm to 5om

Trout Museum of Art:

111 W. College Avenue

Appleton, WI 54911


April 18-22: 10am to 4pm

April 23: 12pm to 4pm


If you have any further questions regarding the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Emma Buttke in my office at or 920-301-4500.