Thompson Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition

February 28, 2018
Press Release

Deadline for high school students to submit artwork is  April 20

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson announced the details for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across the country will be displayed in a special exhibit in the U.S. Capitol.

“This is a great opportunity for young artists to have their talents critiqued by an independent panel of professional artists,” Rep. Thompson said. “The winner of the competition will have the honor of displaying their work in Washington, where it will be seen by countless visitors to the U.S. Capitol throughout the year.”

All entries for the 2018 competition must be received no later than Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced at a reception and public showing of all entries at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art in DuBois.

All entries must meet the following criteria:

*    Be two dimensional

*    Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick

*    Not weigh more than 15 pounds

*    Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

To view the complete contest rules and generate an application, please visit

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, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.