Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts contest, the Congressional Art Competition, is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in the Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. 

For background information, 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.

Our contest is open to all high school students in grades 9 – 12 who live in the 5th Congressional District. The overall winner of our district's contest will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington, D.C. will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide. In addition, there will be a reception for all winners in Washington this summer. Please check back in February for details on the 2016 competition

Previous Congressional Art Competition winners from Virginia’s 5th District:

Calico Summer, 1st Place

2015: Sheridan Santinga of Madison County High School with her artwork "Calico Summer"

2014: Kelly Bao of Monticello High School with her artwork “Seasonal Impression of Monticello”

2013: Finley Broaddus of Highland School with her artwork “Vint Hill Church”

2012: Miranda Lynn Melton of Chatham High School with her artwork “Piedmont Pride”

2011: Emily Ewing Hays of Charlottesville High School with her artwork “Diversity”