Congressman Austin Scott

Representing the 8th District of Georgia



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Art Competition

This year, our offices are asking students and teachers to submit a high resolution photo via email of the artwork they would like to be part of the competition. The deadline for art submissions is April 24, 2020. 

Each Spring the United States House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students. 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.

All high school students (9-12th grade) who reside in or attend school in the 8th Congressional District are encouraged to participate. The winning entry from Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District will be displayed in the United States Capitol for a year alongside artwork from every congressional district across the country. Artwork submitted must be original in concept, design and execution, no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be 2 dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography.

This year, all the entries from across the district will be displayed at the Willis L Miller Library in Valdosta, GA. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, my office is asking students and teachers to submit a high resolution photo via email to of the artwork they would like to be part of the competition. You can find the student release form that will need to be emailed with the photo at the bottom of this page. 

The deadline for art submissions is April 24, 2020.

Three award-winning works of art will be selected by a distinguished panel of local judges. I will announce the winners at an Awards Ceremony and Reception in Valdosta at the Willis L Miller Library. The first-place art work will be displayed at the US Capitol for an eleven-month exhibit beginning in June, 2020. The winning student will receive two airline tickets to Washington, DC for the national ceremony and ribbon cutting of the art exhibit. The student will also be eligible to receive a $3,000 per year admission scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, should they apply and be accepted.

In addition to community professionals judging the top artwork, we will continue the “People’s Choice Award.” All of the submitted entries will be posted on my Facebook page, giving 8th district constituents the opportunity to choose their favorite. The People’s Choice Award winner’s artwork will be displayed in my Washington, D.C. office, unless it is the same piece that wins the overall competition, in which case the first-place offerings apply.

I look forward to seeing the talents of our Eighth District students, however, submissions will be limited to only one entry per student. Below is a student application/release form that must be included with the student's emailed submission.

For more information or questions, please contact Alice Johnson in our Tifton District Office: (229) 396-5175 or