The Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition every year to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. Since this competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated, according to the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Both first place students will have their artwork on display at the U.S. Capitol for one year and will be offered respective scholarships to attend Maine College of Art in Portland. All recognized artwork will be on exhibit at the Maine State House in Augusta in 2020.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree notes, “Year after year, I am continuously impressed by the quality and creativity of the Maine students’ work being judged for the Congressional Art Competition. This year was certainly no exception. We are so lucky to live in a state where the arts flourish and creativity is encouraged. Congratulations to all of the outstanding student artists and to everyone who was recognized today for their work. You make me proud to support the arts in Maine and in Washington.”
Congratulations to all of this year's winners!
District 1 Winners
District 2 Winners
About the Congressional Art Awards
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 700,000 high school students have competed for the honor of having their work shown in the U.S. Capitol.
The competition is open to all high school students. The overall winner of each participating district will have the opportunity to have their work displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for the entire year, beginning in June. In addition, winners will be flown to Washington, D.C. for the official opening of the show in June.
The Maine Arts Commission partners with the Maine College of Art (MECA) and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to select the artwork. Artwork that MECA has invited to exhibit for the annual Maine Regional Scholastic Art Awards are automatically submitted to be juried for the Congressional Art Competition.
For information about the Congressional Art Competition please contact Julie Horn of the Maine Arts Commission, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-287-2790.
Honorable Mention: At The End of Stream, by Eliza Goodwin, Grade 12, Waynflete School