Congressman Derek Kilmer

Representing the 6th District of Washington
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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 6th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.The student whose artwork is selected will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C. in June to attend a ceremony unveiling their artwork and will be given two complimentary round-trip flights for the event.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be

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

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations - found here: 2015 Rules for Students and Teachers (pdf)

Students must also fill out the Student Information & Release Form - found here: 2015 Student Release Form (pdf)

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

For consideration, entries must be received by 5:00PM on Monday, April 13, 2015. Artwork may be submitted to any of Rep. Kilmer’s District Offices at the addresses and office hours below: 

Tacoma Office: 950 Pacific Ave, Suite 1230, Tacoma, WA  98402 (Monday – Friday 9AM – 5:00PM)

Bremerton Office: 345 6th Ave, Suite 500, Bremerton, WA  98337 (Monday – Friday 9AM – 5:00PM)

Port Angeles Office: 332 E 5th St., Port Angeles, WA 98632 (Drop-off by appointment) 

If you have any questions please contact Rohan Shrikhande in my Bremerton District Office at (360) 373-9725.