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Art Competition

View Gallery: 2021 Congressional Art Competition 

Note: All artwork submitted is in compliance with the Congressional Art Competition rules and adheres to the Suitability Guidelines outlined by the Congressional Institute per the House Office Building Commission policy, which can be found here.

Read Congresswoman McCollum's press release announcing the 2021 Fourth District Winners here.

Each spring, the U. S. House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide arts competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the United States and in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District. The 2021 Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery," is open to all high school students either attending school in or residing in the Fourth Congressional District (Ramsey County and Washington County).

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are holding the Congressional Art Competition in a DIGITAL FORMAT. 

Entries must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, April 16, 2021. Only one submission per student is allowed. Complete guidelines and entry forms may be found below.

Students are encouraged to include a written paragraph discussing their work. Students’ artwork will be judged by a panel of Fourth Congressional District Resident Artists who have generously donated their time.

I regret that I am unable to host an in-person reception to honor the artwork of all the students who participate this year. Instead, I will be announcing the winners of the competition on Wednesday, May 5, via e-mail and social media, and I will have an on-line gallery of all the art submitted here on my website. 

The winning entry from the Fourth District will be displayed as part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. Entries by the runners-up will be displayed in my congressional offices in Saint Paul and in Washington, D.C. 

Minnesota is a national arts leader, and this contest will allow the creativity and talent of Fourth District students to be recognized. Please contact my St. Paul office at 651-224-9191 with any questions.

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Printable Flyer with Digital Instructions

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Rules for Students & Teachers

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Student Release Form

[Note: This is a fillable PDF. In order to ensure you do not lose your work, download and save the form first, then fill it out and save again.]

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A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism


The 2020 Congressional Art Competition Gallery can be viewed here.