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This year Congressman John B. Larson will hold the annual Congressional Arts Competition on Thursday, April 4th. Open to first district high school students only, the student who wins first prize this year will not only have their work hung in Washington D.C., but will also receive a $12,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art! See below for additional details and guidelines:

31st Annual Congressional Arts Competition
Thursday, April 4th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main Street, Hartford CT 06103

Submissions will be accepted from April 1st – April 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with a completed student release forum

Click here for your copy of the student release form

General Guidelines:

The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

Artwork must be two-dimensional.

Each piece can be no larger than 28" x 28" x4" (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.

Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

Artwork accepted in the following mediums.

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that
  • charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collage: 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

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo (not the student's own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

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Please submit artwork to:

Office of Congressman John B. Larson
221 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106

Click here for event information and directions to the office of Congressman John B. Larson

Please contact Lisa Perrone in the district office at 860-278-8888 with any additional questions.