Congressional Art Competition

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

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 7th 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.

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.  

For more information, please contact Karen Meads at:

(417) 889-1800

Congressional Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Missouri Seventh District's Congressional Art Competition. The Congressional Art Competition allows members of Congress to inspire and appreciate the artistic talents of emerging artists in their congressional districts. Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s competition.

First Place

Renee Newkirk
Glendale High School, Springfield
Renee's work is displayed at the U.S. Capitol with other winning pieces from across the nation for one year.

Second Place

Rise Up
Claudia O'Steen
Nixa High School, Nixa

Third Place

Julia Mason
Nixa High School, Nixa

The winning piece for Missouri’s 7th District was selected by professional artists. This year’s judges were Dr. Rebecca Burrell from Drury University, Leslie Forrester, executive director of Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Malinda Ingram Watson from Drury University.