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Rep. Wilson invites submissions to Congressional Art Competition

Open to high school students in S.C.'s Second District

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 2022 Congressional Art Competition logo, a thick, medium blue paintbrush stroke with white text that reads 2022 Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district.

Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their participating representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. [caption id="attachment_49837" align="alignright" width="401"]Photograph of a young Black girl lying in the grass with hibiscus blooms in her hair. "My Dreams in Bloom" by Gabby Brown of Dreher High School, the Second Congressional District of South Carolina’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition Winner[/caption] In South Carolina, Congressman Joe Wilson of the second Congressional District participates*. He issued the following statement to encourage Second District students to enter the Congressional Art Competition:

“I am pleased to announce that my office is accepting submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition. Each year this contest allows our high school students the opportunity to showcase their special talents and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful entries.

This is truly a spectacular exhibit - one that I encourage all to come and see if you are ever in Washington.

Congratulations again to Gabby Brown from Dreher High School, on being the 2021 Congressional Art Competition winner for South Carolina’s Second District. For the past 40 years, the Congressional Art Competition has inspired and encouraged young artists."

*Members of the U.S. House of Representatives participate in this annual, nationwide high school art competition. To the best of The Hub's knowledge, after researching all seven S.C. representatives' media releases, Rep. Wilson is the only participating member of Congress from South Carolina.
Here are some specific details about the submissions for the 2022 competition. Artwork must be two-dimensional and represent this year's theme: American Patriotism. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must be framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: (must be two-dimensional)
  • Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs
Entries must be original in concept, design, and execution, and must be entered in the original medium (i.e., not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). It must not violate U.S. copyright laws. All submissions must be delivered to Congressman Wilson’s district offices in the Midlands or Aiken/Barnwell by close of business May 4, 2022. Those addresses are:
  • Midlands: 1700 Sunset Blvd./U.S. 378, Suite 1, West Columbia (29169)
  • Aiken/Barnwell: 1930 University Parkway, Suite 1600, Aiken (29801)
Important documents If you would like any additional information or have any questions about the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Katherine Almeida in the Midlands office at 803.939.0041.

Jason Rapp

Rep. Joe Wilson makes call for art from young artists

Submission deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020 (in Aiken or Columbia offices for Second District residents)


The deadline for this year's Congressional Art Competition is approaching. Rep. Wilson is encouraging all high school artists in the Second District to participate:

With most students in the Second District currently learning from home, this competition is a great use of spare time. This competition is a way to recognize the talent of young artists here in the Second District and across the nation.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, and one winner is selected to represent each participating district. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with art from other participating districts around the country. The winning artist from each district will win a trip to Washington and a $3,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. South Carolinians in other Congressional districts: find out if your district is participating by visiting your House member's website. UPDATE: The initial post listed the deadline as Friday, May 1. The deadline was changed shortly after publication and this post was updated after receiving notification.

Theme and accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork

Artwork must be two-dimensional and represent this year's theme, The Palmetto State: Capturing the Spirit of South Carolina. Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece it must be framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs
  • Entries must be original in concept, design, and execution, and must be entered in the original medium (i.e. not a scan or copy of original work).
Find the competition rules and regulations here. Second District residents who need any additional information or have any questions about the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Sam Orr in the Midlands office at 803.939.0041 or email him at sam.orr@mail.house.gov.
Rep. Wilson congratulates Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School in Columbia, selected the 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winner. "Her winning piece titled “Entangled” is a remarkable and tasteful representation of the talent we have in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. A special thank you goes to her parents, Jennifer and Patrick Rayfield, and her art teacher, Ms. Jennifer Gorlewski." [caption id="attachment_44673" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Painting by Dreher High School artist Julia Rayfield, the 2019 Second District of S.C. winner "Entagled" from Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School, the Second Congressional District of South Carolina’s Congressional Art Competition Winner[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_34666" align="aligncenter" width="563"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption]

Jason Rapp

In which we try to catch up

Sorry we're behind.

You probably noticed it's been quiet on The Hub, and we appreciate your patience. Let's try to get everyone caught up with a collection of quick hits. Think "Tuning Up," but in the afternoon.
  • The Congressional Art Competition is looking for original art from high school students! Deadlines are normally in early May. Winners get their work displayed for a full year in the U.S. Capitol Building. The Hub thanks Rep. Joe Wilson's office for assisting with this entry.
  • Spring training gets underway this week for pro baseball, so what better time to let you know about the Atlanta Braves are debuting "Art in the Park" this season at their soon-to-be-renamed home. Artists from the team's geographic footprint will create posters in a series. Sara Thomas of Columbia is the only confirmed #SCartist in the starting lineup.
  • Visual artists: have you been affected by recent hurricanes, wildfires, or other natural or man-made disasters? The Joan Mitchell Foundation reopened applications for up to $6,000 in emergency support within three years of the event. Details & application: https://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency.
  • Quick reminder: The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships of $50,000-$100,000 enable poets laureate to undertake impactful projects that engage citizens of all ages with poetry, helping to address issues that are important to their communities. The fellowships were established with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The application deadline is March 3.
  • Performing artists: USArtists International supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the U.S. and its territories. The next deadline is April 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET for engagements between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. To learn more about the program, see additional deadlines or access the online application, please visit their website.