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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

April 5, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum invites high school students in Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Submissions are due on Friday, April 21, 2017 by 4:30 p.m.

“Minnesota is a national arts leader, and I am thrilled to recognize the creativity and talent of our young artists through this contest,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “As an ex-officio member of the National Council on the Arts, which is the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I am privileged to share Minnesota's leadership, commitment, and excellence in the arts with the nation.”

The contest 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 a significant delay by Congressional Art Competition organizers in Washington, D.C. in announcing the 2017 contest, entries this year must be submitted digitally no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017. Digital images should be submitted as a JPEG clearly showing the entire work of art. Entries must be e-mailed to Only one submission per student is allowed. Students are also encouraged to submit a written paragraph discussing their work. (Full guidelines and competition submission forms are available here.)

The winning entry from the Fourth District will be displayed as part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. The winner will also receive two free airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the exhibits opening in June. Runners-up will be displayed in my congressional offices in St. Paul and in Washington, D.C. Because the of the shortened competition schedule, Congresswoman McCollum will announce the winners of the competition on Friday, May 5, 2017 via e-mail and social media. 

Complete guidelines and competition submission forms are available here. Teachers and students are encouraged to contact Congresswoman McCollum's office at 651-224-9191 with any questions.