Congressman Sam Graves has announced the kickoff to his 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the nationwide contest each spring. Since 1982, when the program first began, more than 650,000 high school students across the country have participated.

The Competition is open to all high school students in Missouri’s 6th District and the Art Department of Northwest Missouri State University will judge the artwork. Rep. Graves will host a reception for the entrants and the winning artist’s work will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, and the winning artist and a guest will receive round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C., for a national reception this summer.

Competition rules: Artwork may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, up to 4 inches in depth, and must not weigh more than 15 pounds. The artwork may be a:

• 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

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Work submitted must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction). Submissions must be received at Rep. Graves’ Kansas City district office by 5 p.m. April 13, 2018. For more information or to coordinate an artwork delivery, contact Joe Hegeman at 816-792-3976 or