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32nd Anual Eighth Congressional District
 High School Art Competition



High school students are invited to enter for an opportunity to have artwork displayed in the United States Capitol.

Congressman Jason Smith announces 
the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in public, private and home schools across southeast and south central Missouri. The theme for the competition is “Our Nation, Our District, Our Community.” Students may submit original paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photographs. Congressman Smith and a panel of art experts will select a winning work of art to be displayed in the Capitol for one year.

"Seeing the spirit of Missouri expressed in student's artwork and displayed in the US Capitol Building is always thrilling," said Congressman Smith. "As I travel across the 30 counties that make up Missouri's 8th Congressional District, I am astounded by the strong spirit, sense of community, and work ethic I see from folks in our area." 

Smith's letter to students inviting them to participate in the contest can be found HERE> 
The rules from the 2017 Congressional Art Competition can be found HERE>

NOTE: THE RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE FROM 2018 AND ARE NOT CURRENT. THE RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND WILL BE POSTED IF CHANGES ARE MADE. DISREGARD ALL DATES AS THEY ARE ALSO NOT CURRENT. IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES FOR THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

"We host this competition annually, and I am always so impressed by the outstanding talent in our area. I look forward to seeing students' submissions and the works of art they create again this year," said Congressman Smith. 

Every student who enters the Eighth Congressional District Art Contest will receive a certificate of recognition and have his or her art displayed for the month of May at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau. Additionally, there will be a special preview reception at the gallery for students and their families during the Arts Council’s First Friday event. 


The winner of the 8th Congressional District Art Contest will receive free airfare for two individuals to attend a national recognition reception in Washington, D.C. held in June. Ten runners-up will receive public recognition and be invited to a reception with Congressman Smith in early May.

Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students across the country have participated.

Cape Girardeau Office: 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 205, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 | Phone: 573-335-0101
Farmington Office: 22 East Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640 | Phone: 573-756-9755
Rolla Office: 830A, South Bishop, Rolla, MO 65401 | Phone: 573-364-2455
West Plains Office: 35 Court Square, Suite 300, West Plains, MO 65775 | Phone: 417-255-1515

For more information, students and teachers can email Leslie Herbst at leslie.herbst@mail.house.gov.

Additional information is available HERE>.