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Art Competition


The Congressional Art Competition is an annual celebration of the artistic talent of our students in south-central Wisconsin. It is important to foster and celebrate the creative drive of our high school youth, and the competition gives a positive outlet for students to share their talent with their community.

As with prior years, one grand prize winner will receive the honor of having their artwork put on display in our nation’s capital for an entire year. The guidelines are very important, as work that fails to meet them cannot be accepted.  Please be sure to also fill out the student release from for your participants and adhere to the requirements below:

  1. This contest is open to high school students only. Grades nine through twelve.  Seventh grade students and above are allowed to participate if your high school includes those grades.
  2. The artwork is restricted to two-dimensions only. No sculptures or other media are permitted.
  3. All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.

The artwork may be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. 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

Please note that the rules do not state that eye-hooks, picture wire, and a frame need to be installed on the piece. However, it is a requirement of our office that they have them.

Along with our announcement, we have some important dates to share:


Art Intake ends April 15th

Our intake form is below. Any addition questions can be directed to Anna Young at


Student Gallery:

In previous years, our gallery has been held in person at the Goodman South Madison Library. This year, our gallery will be posted virtually on Rep. Pocan’s social media pages.


Reception for Students: TBD


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