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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. It 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.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 1st District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. 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.

Before you submit your art, please take a moment to review the following checklist and ensure that:

  • Artwork is no larger than 28" x 28" x 4" when framed.
  • Eye hooks or equivalent are attached at the back of the artwork
  • Student Information and Release Form is attached to the back of the artwork
  • Artwork has a label affixed to the back with the student's Name, Address, Phone Number, Title, Medium, Congressmember's name, State and District.

All artwork must be received no later than Friday, April 8, 2016. It should be mailed to or dropped off at:

Office of Rep. Suzan DelBene
RE: Art Competition
22121 17th Ave SE, Suite 220
Bothell, WA 98021

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please call (425) 485-0085, or visit the House of Representative's website.

Click HERE to complete and print off the Student Information and Release Form.