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, 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, in coordination with the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, all of the entries from across the district will be displayed at the Valdosta Mall in Valdosta, GA, for an exhibit lasting from March 30 to April 23. 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.
All artwork must be submitted by March 23rd at one of the following five drop-off locations:
- Howard High School: 6400 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA
- Congressman Scott’s District Office in Warner Robins: 230 Margie Drive, Suite 500, Warner Robins, GA
- Thomas County Central High: 4685 US Hwy 84, Thomasville, GA
- Congressman Scott’s District Office in Tifton: 127-B Central Ave N, Tifton, GA
- Turner Center for the Arts: 527 North Patterson St., Valdosta, GA
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 at the Valdosta Mall on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 3:00pm. The first-place art work will be displayed at the US Capitol for an eleven-month exhibit beginning in June, 2018. 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. 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.
We would love to have participation from every school in our district, and would ask that it be limited to only one entry per student. Below is a student application/release form to be affixed on the back of the artwork when it’s delivered to your drop-off location. Artwork does not have to be framed for the district competition; however, there needs to be stable backing and matting when applicable for optimal display quality.
For more information or questions, please contact Alice Johnson in our Tifton District Office: (229) 396-5175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.