Lake County Arts Council

Main Street Gallery
325 North Main Street
Lakeport, California 95453
(707) 263-6658

Art Contest for Students

Now accepting entries for Congressional Art Competition 2017

This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced his office is now accepting entries for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. High school students from across the Fifth Congressional District have until April 26 to submit their artwork for consideration. This annual competition showcases the artistic talents and ability of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. All winning pieces are displayed in the United States Capitol. “The Congressional Art Competition gives our students the opportunity to showcase their work on the national stage,” said Thompson. “I strongly encourage all of our students to submit their work.”

Submit to: Santa Rosa Office 2300 Country Center Dr, Suite A100 Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 542-7182

A panel of judges will select the winning entry from each county in our district. The grand prize winner will be chosen from those finalists, and that winner will be announced in early May.

The guidelines for the Congressional Art Competition are as follows:

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional
  • Artwork can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” including the frame
  • If selected as the winning piece, your artwork must arrive in Washington, DC framed
  • Framed artwork should weigh no more than 15 lbs.
  • Accepted mediums for two-dimensional art work are as follows
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Collages: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of two or more mediums, such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copy right laws

Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.

Complete rules and guidelines can be found at

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