Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of ILLINOIS
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Art Competition


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.

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 2nd District. 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 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work 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.

Click here for more information on rules and guidelines


Competition Events and Dates

March 31: Submissions must be received at Congresswoman Kelly’s district office by 4:00pm at: 
600 Holiday Plaza Dr., Suite 505, Matteson, IL 60443

April 9:  Competition exhibit will take place Lee E. Dulgar Gallery at South Suburban College, 15800 State Street, South Holland

June: The winner will be invited to attend a reception in DC honoring competition winners from around the Country. 


If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines - please submit the following form.

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