McMorris Rodgers Announces 2023 Congressional Art Competition

Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) invites high school students from Washington’s Fifth Congressional District to participate in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. This annual competition serves to highlight talented students from all across the country, and Cathy encourages you to help spread the word in your community!

2022 Winner: “Kia Kaha” by Meagan Hilfiker

The winning student will be invited to Washington, D.C. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. Students grade 9-12 are encouraged to submit various styles and types of art, ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and mixed media pieces. The artwork must be original in design, no more than 15 lbs., and no larger than 26” X 26” X 4” (including the frame). Three runners-up will have their artwork on display in the Congresswoman’s Spokane, Colville, and Walla Walla offices. Each student may submit one piece of artwork.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork 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 more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Students should submit a TYPED copy of the 2023 Student Release Form signed by the teacher, a parent or guardian, and the student, and securely attached to the back of the artwork to certify the originality of the piece. Students are asked to retain a copy for their records.

A photo of hard copy submissions, or digital art submissions, should be emailed to Caitlin.ODell@mail.house.gov. The deadline for submission is May 5, 2023 at 5:00 PM. For any further questions on the details of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition, contact Caitlin O’Dell at Caitlin.ODell@mail.house.gov.

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