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Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition Winner


Carson McDonald

Vestavia Hills High School 


Medium: Photography


*2018 Information and Rules to be added shortly*


2017 Congressional Art Competition


We are pleased to announce that the Sixth Congressional District of Alabama will be participating in the “2017 Congressional Art Competition.”  This nation-wide contest draws from over 200 Congressional offices, and recognizes the rich artistic talents of our young people. The winners from each district will have their artwork displayed for 1 year in the U.S. Capitol Building.

The competition is open to all Sixth District high schools. Participating teachers should limit their entries to five (5) original pieces per school.  Artists can enter various mediums such as paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photography, computer-generated art and mixed media.  Entries are due in the District Office by early April and will be exhibited for 1 week at the Galleria Mall.*

Congressman Palmer will host the Art Reception at the Hoover Library honoring all participating students, their families, friends, and teachers.  Each participating student and teacher who attends will receive a certificate and gift. The top three winners will receive monetary rewards.  You will have the opportunity to take your artwork home that night, or retrieve it from the office.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, DC to attend the opening of the art display and reception in June. There will be an opportunity to meet with Congressman Gary Palmer during the reception. The winning artwork is also featured online at's Congressional Art Competition page.

All artwork with entry forms must be submitted by Wednesday, April 12th by 4:30PM to the District Office, located at:

3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 525
Birmingham, AL 35243
(205) 968-1290

Please contact Margaret at 205-968-1290 if you would like to participate or have any questions. We hope that your school will join the Congressional Art Competition and represent the Sixth District with artistic pride!


Contest Rules:

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. You may protect the artwork with a plastic sleeve during the public display, however, a frame is not necessary unless you are selected as the overall winner.  If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing.)

The rules and releases for the 2017 art competition are below: