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Art Competition

Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2021

As we continue to progress in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic Congressman Bill Foster invites ALL students in grades 9 – 12 to participate in this year’s competition.

The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The artwork may be

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.

Important dates:

  • April 30, 2021 : Last day to drop off artwork * Drop Off By Appointment Only*
  • May 1 – May 7, 2021: Artwork will be showcased on Facebook for ‘People’s Choice Award’
  • TBD : District Congressional Art Reception

We recognize that many students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form due to remote learning situations. If the student’s teacher is unable to sign the Student Release Form they may indicate their support by submitting an email certifying the artwork's originality.  The email may be attached to the Student Release Form .

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.  We look forward to your participation.

Submission may be dropped off at the Aurora Office, 2711 E. New York St., Suite 204, Aurora, IL  60502.  Contact for a drop off appointment.

Who can participate:

The Competition is open only to high school students who reside in the Illinois 11th Congressional District or who are eligible to attend public high school in that district.

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