Each Spring the United States House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students. 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. All high school students who reside in or attend school in the 8th Congressional District are encouraged to participate. The winning entry from Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District will be displayed in the United States Capitol for a year alongside artwork from every congressional district across the country. Artwork submitted must be original, no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be 2 dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography. This year, all of the entries for our district will be displayed at the Perry Convention and Visitors Bureau in Perry, GA for a reception on Sunday, April 9. In addition to community professionals judging the top artwork, we will continue the “People’s Choice Award.” All of the submitted entries will be posted on my Facebook page giving 8th district constituents the opportunity to choose their favorite.
All artwork must be submitted by March 23rd at
one of the following five drop-off locations:
Howard High School: 6400 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA
Congressman Scott’s District Office in Warner Robins: 230 Margie Drive, Suite 500, Warner Robins, GA
Thomas County Central High: 4685 US Hwy 84, Thomasville, GA
Congressman Scott’s District Office in Tifton: 127-B Central Ave N, Tifton, GA
Lowndes County High: 1606 Norman Drive, Valdosta, GA
The first place art work will be displayed at the US Capitol for an eleven month exhibit beginning in June, 2017. The winning student will receive two airline tickets to Washington DC for the national ceremony and ribbon cutting of the art exhibit. The student will also be eligible to receive a $3,000 per year admission scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, should they apply and be accepted. The People’s Choice Award winner’s artwork will be displayed in my Washington D.C. office, unless it is the same piece that wins the overall competition, in which case the first place offerings apply. Please visit www.AustinScott.house.gov for more information and a release form that must be affixed to the back of all artwork submissions.