Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by 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 our congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 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 26” x 26” x 4”, (note: that is 2 inches smaller than previous years). The artwork 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

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Only one entry is allowed to be submitted per person. Entries must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). Winning artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the student earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Artwork must not contain any image that is inappropriately perceived by the general public; this includes nudity, sexual content, grotesque violence, or gore. Evaluation of the pieces’ appropriateness for public display is at the complete discretion of Congressman Blum’s office. Any piece that is deemed to violate these parameters of appropriateness will be immediately disqualified.

To Participate:

  1. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/BlumArt2018 to enroll online. This form works best with Google Chrome.

  2. Complete and submit the “2017 Congressional Art Competition Student Information and Release” (This form will be emailed to you when it is released by the National Art Competition board).

  3. The actual pieces of art must be submitted to one of the district offices by April, 6th 2018.

Pieces of art may be emailed directly to the office or dropped off in-person.  If dropped off in-person, it is STRONGLY recommended that an appointment is made to ensure that a member of the staff will be at the office to meet you.

Office locations are:

Dubuque Office:
1050 Main St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 557-7789

Cedar Falls Office:
515 Main St.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 266-6925

Cedar Rapids Office:
308 3rd St. SE, Suite 200
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 364-2288

Public Gallery Display & Competition Reception:
Qualifying pieces will be exhibited at the University of Northern Iowa's Art Gallery. A public reception is being organized to announce the winner and honoring the participants with Congressman Blum. Details to be announced.

Judging and Placing: Each piece will be judged by art professors at the University of Northern Iowa in accordance with previously established criteria.

  • First Place: The winning piece will be shipped to the U.S. Capitol to be displayed for a period of 1 year. The winner will receive complimentary round trip airfare to attend a winners reception in Washington D.C. at a date TBD in June.

  • Second Place: The 2nd place piece will be displayed in Congressman Blum’s Washington, D.C. office for a period of 1 year.

  • Honorable Mentions: Three honorable mentions will be identified. These pieces will be displayed in Congressman Blum’s three district offices for a period of 1 year.

Any questions may be directed to Alli McGough at Alli.McGough@mail.house.gov or by calling (319) 266-6925.

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