US Rep Shea-Porter Sponsors Congressional Art Competition

High-school students from New Hampshire encouraged to submit artwork

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is pleased to announce her sponsorship of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, members of Congress sponsor a nationwide high school visual art competition where students from across the country submit their artwork to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. 

“I have enjoyed meeting our young and gifted artists each year that I sponsored the Congressional Art Competition, and I’m looking forward to seeing some great art again this year," Shea-Porter said.

The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in each congressional district. The competition began in 1982 and since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. Students from New Hampshire’s First Congressional District are encouraged to submit their artwork. The district’s over-all winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. They will also receive two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C. for the national reception, and will be eligible for scholarships.

Art entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and up to 4 inches in depth. The 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 original in concept, design and execution. Student artwork entries are due by Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Shea-Porter’s Manchester District Office located at 33 Lowell Street.  Additional information is available online at