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Art Competition

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the format for this year's Congressional Art Competition has changed. Please see details below.

Each student will need two copies of the student information and waiver form, one to be submitted to the Alamosa office of Congressman Scott Tipton no later than Tuesday, May 15, 2020; and the other to be attached to the artwork for identification. The artwork may be dropped off at a district office. If you wish to drop off your artwork at a district office other than the Durango office, it should be mail-ready and delivered to that office no later than Friday, May, 15 2020. Judging of the artwork will take place the following weekSince each student's work will be hung for display and judging, we request that all artwork be framed or have reinforced backing and be ready to hang on the exhibition wall. Please remember that the student and teacher or parent must sign the form certifying the piece as an original. Since the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting many families' and teachers' availability, an email from the teacher certifying the artwork will also be accepted. 

All entrants will receive a certificate of participation signed by Congressman Scott Tipton. The entries selected for first, second and third place honors will receive awards, and there will be honorable mentions for other submissions. 

Southwest Airlines will present the first place winner and one family member with roundtrip airline tickets to Washington, DC, to attend the National Exhibit and Reception to be held in the latter part of June, 2020. The first place artwork will be sent to Washington, DC, to be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol along with other award-winning art works from across the nation for a period of one year. The first place winner of the competition at the national level will also be awarded a $3,000 college scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design; should they be accepted and show documentation of this achievement.

Guidelines for the 2020 competition:

  • The artwork must be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep including the outside dimensions of the frame. 
  • All artwork should be framed but not to exceed the dimensions above. Please note the largest frame dimensions have changed this year.

Artwork that will be accepted: 

  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collage: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Photography
  • Digital Art

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All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

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 in the nationwide competition.

If you have additional questions, please contact Brenda Felmlee, 3rd Congressional District Art Competition liaison, at 719-587-5105, or email:

Download the 2020 Congressional Art Competition rules packet here.