City of Lakeport, California

2016 Congressional Art Competition

Announcement from Congressman Mike Thompson's Office:

I am proud to announce the beginning of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition

This annual competition showcases the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states. The 2016 competition is open to all high school students in California’s 5th District. The deadline to submit artwork is April 4th.

The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent opportunity for our community to support our student artists, and I encourage all eligible students to submit their great work.

Five winning pieces of artwork will be selected, one from each county in our district, and of those five pieces, a grand prize winner will be chosen. The grand prize winner will be flown with a guest to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June and his or her artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year.

Napa’s Viviana Garcia of Vintage High won last year’s competition for her self-portrait. Garcia’s work is currently on display in the U.S. Capitol. 

A panel of judges will select the winning entry and their decision will be announced in early May.

All artwork must be submitted by Monday, April 4th to one of my district offices:

  •     2721 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa, CA 94558
  •     Walnut Ave., Vallejo, CA 94592
  •     2300 Country Center Dr. Suite A100, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Guidelines for the Congressional Art Competition include the following:   

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional.
  • Each piece can be no largerthan 28” x 28” x 4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame).
  • Framed artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.
  • Acceptable mediums for artwork are as follows:
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers (recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Collages (must be two-dimensional)
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-Generated Art
  • Photography

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Student Information/Release Form.

Students and teachers interested in the Congressional Art Competition may contact
Maira Ayala in my Napa office at (707) 226-9898 for further guidelines and information.

Complete guidelines are also available here: Art Competition Guidelines for Students.

There is a rich tradition of artistic excellence in the Congressional Art Competition and each year I am impressed by the quality of the entries. I look forward to seeing our young artists’ outstanding work this year.

Mike Thompson
Member of Congress

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