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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Art Competition

Submissions for the 2017 3rd Congressional District Art Competition are now being accepted through May 1, 2017. 

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 Monday, May 1, 2017; and the other to be attached to the artwork for identification. The art work may be dropped off at a district office. However, if you wish to drop off your artwork at a district office other than the Alamosa office, it should be mail-ready and delivered to that office no later than Wednesday, April 27, 2017.  If students would rather mail their artwork, please send it to the Alamosa office by Monday, May 1, 2017. Each student's work will be hung for display and judging for 7 days, therefore 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.

All submitted artwork will be put on display in Alamosa, CO, from May 2-9, 2017.

A reception will be held Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm in Alamosa at the Kavleys Business Center  lobby located at 609 Main Street. 

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 on June 29, 2017. 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 2017 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 2017 Congressional Art Competition rules packet here.