Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated and winning artwork from congressional districts accross the nation has adorned the halls of Congress. In 2020, Rep. Phillips invites you to show off your talent and creativity by entering a piece of your own. 

Who is eligible to compete?
The 2020 Congressional Art Competition is open to students in grades 9-12 who are living or attending school in Minnesota's Third Congressional District. 

What should I create?
Let your creativity shine! Entries must be two-dimensional and original in concept and design. Each piece can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and must be under 15 pounds - including frame. Accepted mediums include:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylic, watercolor
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Collages
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed media
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

How are winners selected?
A panel of expert judges and artists will evaluate artwork for originality, technique, and content.

What do the winners receive?

  • First place winner:
    Artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building alongside winning pieces from accross the nation for one year. As a proud sponsor of the Congressional Art Competition, Southwest Airlines will provide two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to each first place winner to attend an unveiling ceremony of their work in the Capitol. 
  • Second, third, fourth, and fifth place winners:
    Artwork will be displayed in Rep. Phillips's Minnetonka office for one year. 
  • People's Choice Award winner: 
    Artwork will be displayed in Rep. Phillips's Washington, D.C. office for one year. 

How do I enter?

1. Click here to read the 2020 Congressional Art Competition Rules 
2. Click here to complete the 2020 Congressional Art Competition Student Release Form
3. Submit a high resolution photo of your art and a scanned copy of your student release form to Grant Anderla at by APRIL 8, 2020

Important dates and deadlines:

  • APRIL 29, 2020
    High resolution photo of your art and release forms are due to Grant Anderla at
  • MAY 8, 2020
    Online art gallery launches 
    People's Choice Award voting begins
  • MAY 22, 2020
    Winners are announced

Click here to view last year's artwork. 
Click here to read about last year's winner.