Each spring, a nationwide high school art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. An Artistic Discovery contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in our congressional district, as well as the nation.

An Artistic Discovery contest is open to all high school students in the 4th Congressional District. The overall winner of our district's competition will be displayed for about one year in the U.S. Capitol and will receive two round-trip airfare tickets to attend a reception in D.C. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide. Prizes may be awarded.

2021 Congressional Art Competition – Final Results
1st Place – Hadley Colquhoun, "2020," Pencil, Arkansas City High School
2nd Place – Rebekah Reed, "The Gatekeeper," Pencil, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
3rd Place – Madeleine Albert, "Insanity, Meet Vulnerability," Mixed Media, Wichita Collegiate School

Honorable Mentions:
Ayah Al-Tabbal, "Glow Stick," Photograph, Wichita Collegiate School
Amelia Beck, "Peering into the Soul," Mixed Media, Wichita Heights High School
Kiyla Davis, "Annalynn," Painting, Campus High School
Camryn DeVore, "Floral Contrast," Painting, Cheney High School
Isiah Edison, "Earth’s Complexion," Colored Pencil, Hesston High School
Mara Howes, "8 Face," Acrylic Painting, Wichita East High School
Paola Montejano, "Afraid," Photograph, Wichita East High School
Taylor Sutton, "Grandma Gertrude," Pencil, Flint Hills High School

People's Choice (as determined by "faves" in the Flickr gallery by 5 p.m. on April 22):
Amelia Beck, "Peering into the Soul," Mixed Media, Wichita Heights High School

View the winning pieces on Facebook.

2021 Directions to Enter
The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 2, 2021. Please ensure all four steps are completed for inclusion in the competition.

  1. Complete the online entry form at estes.house.gov/constituent-services/art-competition-info-and-release.htm by April 1.
  2. Email a digital copy of your artwork to roger.erickson@mail.house.gov with identifying information (your name, title of piece(s), name of school and teacher) by April 2 for inclusion in the People's Choice Online Gallery.
  3. Prepare your artwork. Artwork must be (a.) ready to hang with your (b.) identifying information on the back (your name, title of piece, name of school and teacher).
  4. Turn in your artwork to the Office of Congressman Ron Estes at 7701 E. Kellogg, Ste. 510, Wichita, KS 67207 by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

Artwork entered in the contest must be two-dimensional artwork that, when framed, will be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” deep with a maximum weight of 15 pounds. No glass is allowed. Work must be ready to hang. It does not have to be framed but should be frame-ready (e.g. matted). The artwork may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage - must be two-dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Work cannot be copied from an existing photo or image that was created by someone other than the student. Work must be in its original medium and cannot be a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing. Artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in the Capitol will not be considered. This determination will be made by a panel. Exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature will not be allowed.

Art Show and Awards Reception
All submissions will be on display from April 9 to 30 at Mark Arts in Wichita with an awards reception Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m to noon.

Learn More
If you would like more information, please call (316) 262-8992 or email roger.erickson@mail.house.gov.

2020 Winners and Online Gallery
In 2020, students from across the District submitted their artwork in the Congressional Art Competition. Winners were announced on Thursday, May 28, at 5 p.m. on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. View all 2020 entries on our online gallery here.

2020 Congressional Art Competition – Final Results 
1st – Amy Baber, "Jade," Oil, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School 
2nd – Anahi Ticum, "I'shim," Acrylic, Wichita Northwest High School 
3rd – Ayah Al-Tabbal, "Bubble," Photography, Wichita Collegiate School 
Honorable Mention 
Madeleine Albert, "Heartbreak is Beautiful," Mixed Media, Wichita Collegiate School 
Amy Baber, "Saturated Soul," Oil, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School 
Leah Bowlby, "Fly," Ink, South Haven High School 
Hadley Colquhoun, "Green," Pencil, Arkansas City High School 
Hadley Colquhoun, "Hands," Pencil, Arkansas City High School 
Kelsey Smith, "Sunflower Sunshine," Colored Pencil, Smith's Homeschool 
Peyton Williams, "Self Portrait," Pencil, Arkansas City High School 
People's Choice (as determined by "faves" in the Flickr gallery by May 12) 
Erin Henry, "The Portrait of a Singer," Pencil, Sunrise Christian Academy 

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