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Art Competition

2020 Congressional Art Competition

We are pleased to announce that the Sixth Congressional District of Alabama will be participating in the 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 one 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 and mixed media art.  All entries are due to Congressman Palmer’s District Office and will be exhibited at the Riverchase Galleria Mall.  After a week-long display, the Congressman will host a reception to announce the winners and release the artwork to be taken home by students.

The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, DC and a two-night hotel stay 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.

Important Dates:

March 2020                 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines Released

March 31, 2020           Schools Submit Confirmation Forms to District Office

April 15, 2020             Submit Artwork and Release Form to District Office no later than 3:30pm (Address: 3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 525, Birmingham, AL 35243)

April 24-May 3, 2020 Art Displayed at Riverchase Galleria Mall

May 3, 2020                Art Reception for Participants

June 2020                    Art Reception in D.C. for winners nation-wide

Please contact the office at 205.968.1290 if you would like to participate or have any questions.  Check out the Art Reception Video on Congressman Palmer’s YouTube site HERE. 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 not exceed 24”x 24”x 4” and not weigh more than 10 pounds.

  • 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.

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).

Important Documents: 

2020 Competition Rules

2020 Student Release Form

2020 School Confirmation Form