It happens every spring. No, not the start of the baseball season, although that part is true. No, what happens every spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the “Congressional Art Competition.”
U.S. Representative Robin Kelly is sponsoring an annual Congressional Art Competition open to high school students residing or attending a school within the Illinois’ Second Congressional District and the winner will have the opportunity to attend a ceremony in Washington D.C. this summer and their artwork will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Students can submit their artwork from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rep. Kelly’s district office, located at 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505, Matteson. The deadline for submissions is March 31 at 4 p.m.
Artwork must be two dimensional, framed no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” and can include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs, computer generated art, or mixed media. All artwork must be original.
The art work may be
- Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
- Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media
- Computer Generated Art
All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. Click here for more information on rules and guidelines
Congresswoman Kelly will host a reception where she will announce the winner and runners-up on April 18, beginning at 11 a.m., at Prairie State College’s Christopher Art Gallery in Chicago Heights.
The high school art competition was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 to acknowledge and support the artistic talent of America’s young adults.
Last year’s winners were announced in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, located at South Suburban College in South Holland.
The winner of last year’s Congressional Art Competition, James “Drew” Richardson, a resident of Chicago’s South Side and a student at Walter Payton High School, who won first place for his entry titled, “Train of Thought.”
For that winning prize, Drew’s artwork was displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. He received a round-trip airfare for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception for the winners from all the congressional districts. “I’m very proud of the 25 talented students who created such imaginative artwork,” Rep. Kelly said. “The judges had a difficult task choosing the best from many remarkable pieces. My thanks also go out to the art teachers for guiding the talent and creativity of their students.”
The second place winner was Loreta Sutkus, a student at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for her piece titled, “Power Up the System.” The third place winner was Isabel Angulo, of Thornton High School, for “Special Deliveries.”
Three students received honorable mentions:
• Nathan Williams, of Bloom Trail High School, for “Fairy Tale.”
• Ricky Palmer of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “I Came to Meditate to My Flute Music.”
• Jamaal Gayles, of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, for “The Shame of Us.”
Twenty-five students representing five high schools last year. For more information on this year’s competition, call Aimee Ramirez at (708) 679-0078. Contest entry rules can be found at http://robinkelly.house.gov/services/art-competition.