Art Competition

Representative Mike Gallagher invites high school students in Wisconsin’s Eighth Congressional District to participate in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery. Hosted by Members of the House of Representative each spring, the competition showcases artistic talent of young adults across the country.

The 2021 contest will be virtual with all eligible art displayed in an online gallery via the Trout Museum of Art. Click on the hyperlinks for contest rules, the Student Release Form and instructions to submit the artwork digitally. Student submissions will be collected as images through a submission link. Call my district office, 920-301-4500 to request the link. Upon submitting art and the required documents, the student acknowledges the artwork meets all eligibility requirements outlined in the Contest Rules and Regulations.

All art and accompanying documents must be submitted via the submission portal on by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021. Each entry must include a typed student information and release form, an artwork image and an artist statement. Students may also submit an audio statement. Artwork must have the ability to be framed with picture wire attached to be eligible for first place.

All artwork must comply with subject matter regulations as specified in the contest rules and regulations. 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 thus ineligible. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Judging will be conducted by an independent panel. The first-place selection from the Eighth District will be shipped to Washington, DC, where it will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building for one year. Click here to view the current display in the Cannon Tunnel.

For questions on eligibility or entry submissions, call (920) 301-4500.

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 - oil, acrylics, and watercolor

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

  • Collages - must be two dimensional

  • Prints - lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints

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

  • Computer-generated art

  • Photography


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