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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Congressional Art Competition

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:45pm
2015 Winner Samantha Esquivel
Congressional Art Competition
A Voyage of Artistic Discovery
The announcement of the top artist will take place on:
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
at the
Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO
Reception at 1:30 PM
Program at 2:00 PM

The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize, encourage, and showcase the artistic talent of high school students in my Congressional District and across the country. 


Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Information for participation in the contest can be found below. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual recognition ceremony in Washington, DC. Winners will receive two (2) complimentary round-trip plane tickets to Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two-dimensional.
  • Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick including frame (paid for at artist's expense)
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Art may be paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, collages, and computer art. (Painting media include acrylic, oil, and water-color.)
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.


  • Must be a High School student.
  • Student must reside or go to school in the Fifth Congressional District of Missouri.


  • Please alert my staff if you have entries no later than March 31st so that we can ensure to include you in the pickup schedule.
  • April 3rd-5th, 2017: Artwork will be picked up from the schools. (If you need to make special arrangements for early or late submissions please contact us.)

**Please note the rules and release form for 2017 have not been released yet. Once they are, they will be included below.**

Congressional Art Competition