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Art Competition

2021 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 VIRTUAL 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 students must email a high-resolution photo of their work to Congressman Palmer’s District Office,  The virtual gallery will be shown from April 21-May 4, 2021.

The winner will have an opportunity to meet with Congressman Gary Palmer and have their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. The winning artwork is also featured online at's Congressional Art Competition page.

Important Dates:

March 2021                 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines Released

April 13, 2021             Deadline for Schools to Submit Confirmation Forms and high-resolution photos

April 19-30, 2021       Virtual Gallery at Palmer.House.Gov

Please contact the Birmingham District Office 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 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: 

2021 Competition Rules

2021 Student Release Form

2021 School Confirmation Form