Graves Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Press Release

Kansas City, MO – 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, over 650,000 high school students across the country have participated.

   “North Missouri students always produce some of the most exceptional artwork. We truly have some talented folks throughout the district,” said Rep. Graves (MO-06). “As always, I can’t wait to see what these young artists come up with this year.”

  The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Missouri’s 6th District. The submission deadline is April 13th (more details below). The Art Department of Northwest Missouri State University will judge the artwork.  Rep. Graves will host a reception for the top ten entrants, and the winning artist’s work will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  

The winning artist and a guest will receive round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C., for a national reception this summer. 


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 5:00 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018. For constituents located more than an hour away from Kansas City, other arrangements can also be made to submit artwork.

For more information, please contact Joe Hegeman at (816) 792-3976 or