Art Competition

 

Call for Artists!

2020 Congressional Art Competition

 

Hosted by

Pikes Peak Library District

Library 21c

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit their artwork, either through their high school art teachers or individually, which will then be judged by an independent panel of artists who will select the winners in each category.  This is “blind judging” meaning judges have no knowledge of the artists’ identity prior to making their decisions. Please make sure that your submission does not contain any personal information. 

Winners are recognized in both their Congressional district and in Washington, D.C. with a ceremony hosted by the Congressional Institute in June. The winning works are displayed for one year along the hallway between the Cannon House Office Building and the United States Capitol Building for thousands of people to view.  Click on the following link to view Colorado’s past winners:  https://www.congressionalinstitute.org/2019-winners/

The Best of Show winner will receive two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend the ceremony.  While in Washington, the winner and their guest(s) may also receive a special “Member Pass” tour of the White House as well as a staff-led tour of the U.S. Capitol Building.  Other popular Washington, D.C. venue tours may also be available.  Our Tour Coordinator will work with the winner and their guests on those arrangements. 

Winners in all categories will be presented with a ribbon and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition along with other great prizes!  Library 21c will also conduct a “People’s Choice” contest and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of our award ceremony.  Be sure to tell your friends and family to visit the exhibit during the month of March to cast their votes!

This year’s theme: “From Sea to Shining Sea”

(Optional)

It is not mandatory that artwork content reflect this theme in order to enter the contest, but rather provided to those who wish to create a new piece using the theme.  

 

 

This annual competition is open to all high school students who reside in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. The artwork entries will be on display at Pikes Peak Library 21c during the month of March.  The library is located at 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.  

HOW TO ENTER: (Students can register individually or through their art teachers/instructors)

Schools/Teachers/Students - Please PRE-REGISTER no later than February 14, 2020 by emailing the Art Competition Coordinator, Elizabeth Tapia at  Elizabeth.Tapia@mail.house.gov the following information:

Name of Artist:

Age:

School:

Teacher:

Category: 

Medium:

Size:

Phone:

Artist email: 

**watch your inbox for important contest updates

 

General timeline: (Exact dates will be posted soon)

ARTWORK INTAKE:  Friday February 28th at Library 21C 2nd floor- 2:00-6:00pm

Library 21c

1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

**Please make sure the piece is ready to hang, that you have the identification info listed on the back of the artwork and that the Student Release Form is handed to the art competition staff.
 

AWARD CEREMONY: Early to Mid-March (exact date will be posted soon)

Library 21c 

 

 

RULES:

This is a free competition open to high school-aged students (grades 9-12) and homeschooled students with high school equivalent who reside within the 5th Congressional District of Colorado.  Click here to confirm your representative and district:   https://www.house.gov/ 

Each artist/teacher may submit as many entries as they would like but please check with our art competition coordinator on space availability if over 3 per individual or over 30 per teacher/school.

Artwork must be two-dimensional, not larger than 26 inches by 26 inches when framed, no more than 4 inches deep, no more than 15 lbs. in weight and must have a horizontal wire in place so that it may hang from a center point from behind the artwork.  However, artwork need not be framed for the gallery exhibition – but must be placed on sturdy backing and a center point hanging aperture securely affixed and ready to display/hang.  The Best of Show winner must be framed according to the Congressional Institute Framing Guidelines

Categories:

Paintings  

 Watercolors, oils & acrylics 

Drawings

 Pencil, colored pencil, markers, ink, pastels and charcoal

Mixed Media

 The use of two or more mediums 

Computer Generated Art

 Original concept computer-generated images

Photography

Prints

Best in keeping with the theme

Can include some computer editing as long as the integrity of the piece remains intact

Lithographs, silkscreens and block prints

The 2020 theme is "From Sea to Shining Sea"

Each entry must be an original concept: The entry may not be a reproduction of an image from a third party’s work in the same or any other medium; the work may not infringe upon the rights of any third party; the work may not violate the U.S. Copyright Laws.

If the artwork is abstract in design, please indicate on the back which side is up with arrows.

 

All entries must have the following information written clearly on the back of the piece:

Name:
Title:
Category (Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Computer Generated Art, Photography)
Teacher’s name:
School:


*We reserve the right to refuse any entries that are deemed inappropriate.

 

A Student Release form must be submitted with your artwork: STUDENT RELEASE FORM

Official Rules: OFFICIAL RULES FORM

Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Tapia at 719-355-7565 or email her at Elizabeth.tapia@mail.house.gov

 

Steps:

  1. Pre-Register no later than February 14, 2020 by emailing the Art Competition Coordinator at Elizabeth.tapia@mail.house.gov with the following information:

Artist name:

Artist email:

Age:

School:

Teacher:

Category: 

Medium:

Phone:

  1. Complete a Student Release Form for each piece
  2. Art in-take: Bring the artwork to Library 21c (early March – date will be posted soon), along with a Student Release Form.  Also – double check to make sure the following information is on the back of the artwork:

Name:
Title:
Category (Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Computer Generated Art, Photography)
Teacher’s name:
School:

  1. Attend the award ceremony at Library 21c (mid March – date will be posted soon).
  2. Art out-take (late March).
  3. Best of Show winner only – attend the Congressional Institute’s award ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June (exact date will be posted soon).