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Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition Winner


Carson McDonald

Vestavia Hills High School 


Medium: Photography


2018 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, prints, photography, computer-generated art and mixed media.  All entries are due in 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:

2/1/2018          Congressional Art Competition open to sixth district high school artists

3/9/2018          Schools Submit Confirmation Forms to District Office

4/11/2018        Submit Artwork and Release Form to District Office

             Address: 3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 525, Birmingham, AL 35243

4/14-22/2018   Art Displayed at Riverchase Galleria Mall

4/22/2018        Art Reception for Participants

6/2018             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 26”x26”x4” and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must allow room for a frame and not exceed the 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

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 2018 art competition are below: