Sam Johnson Announces 35th Annual Congressional Art Competition for High School Students

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Washington, March 28, 2017 | comments

Plano, TX – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the 35th annual Congressional Art Competition is now underway.  This is an annual art competition for high school students to showcase their talent and artwork.  First place winners in each of the congressional districts across the nation will have their artwork displayed at the United States Capitol.


Congressman Johnson encourages all Collin County high school student artists to participate.      


“Our community is blessed with many talented student artists, and this annual competition gives them an opportunity to share their talent with their neighbors and peers,” said Johnson.  “I encourage all students who are interested to enter, and I look forward to seeing the art subjects and ideas that inspire them.  I also look forward to welcoming this year’s winner and their artwork to our Nation’s Capitol in June!”


About the Art Competition


The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.


In late April, entries will be displayed on Congressman Johnson’s website for the public to view and vote for their favorite.  The winning artist will receive the People's Choice Award.  Congressman Johnson will also host an art exhibit and award ceremony to display entries and announce the First, Second, and Third Place winners as well as Honorable Mention winners.


The First Place Winner will have the rare and unique opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.  This student will also have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Southwest Airlines, meet with Congressman Johnson, and attend an award ceremony where their artwork will join other first prize entries from other Congressional Districts for an exclusive unveiling ceremony.


In addition, the Second Place Winner’s artwork will be proudly displayed in Congressman Johnson’s district office in Plano for one year.



  • April 10th:  Deadline to RSVP to participate.
    • RSVP must be made by a student’s parent or teacher.  See Guidelines and Participation Rules.
  • April 17th: Deadline to contact Johnson staff and schedule a pick-up at the student’s school. 
    •  Artwork may also be dropped off at the Plano office without appointment.   
  • April 21st: Deadline for artwork + student information and release form to be submitted.
  • May 8th: Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony in McKinney, Texas.



Guidelines and Participation Rules


CLICK HERE for the full list of Rules and Regulations


Please note a few key guidelines, keeping in mind that this is NOT the full list (which can be found in the link above):


1)      The competition is open to high school students who currently reside in the Third District.  Please be aware that not all students reside in the same district they attend school.

2)      PARENTS OR TEACHERS must RSVP via email for any student who wishes to participate in the competition.

3)      Only ONE entry per student.

4)      The submitted artwork must be “ready to hang” (i.e.  Dry/no wet paint; on canvas; framed with hooks or wire on the backing; etc.). 



How to Enter


Students interested in participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition must complete the following steps:


Step 1: Have their parent or teacher email an RSVP for the Competition to Rachel Shallow ( in Congressman Johnson’s Plano Office no later than April 10th.  The RSVP must include the student's name, hometown, art teacher, and school.


Step 2: Students must submit their finished artwork entries ALONG WITH their completed student information and release form no later than April 21st. 


Students may submit their original artwork one of two ways:


1)      Contact Rachel Shallow (469-304-0382; to schedule a pick-up at their local school.

o   If scheduling a pick-up, you must contact Ms. Shallow no later than April 17th to schedule a time.  Pick-up will occur only between April 17th and 19th.

2)      Drop off their artwork submission at Congressman Johnson’s Plano office.

o   1255 W 15th Street, Suite 170

Plano, Texas 75075



o   Student artwork MUST meet all of the Rules and Regulations.

o   The Student Information and Release Form must be completed and will be collected at either the scheduled artwork pick-up time or when the student drops their artwork off at Congressman Johnson’s Plano office.  Artwork without the proper paperwork will be ineligible.






ART SUBMISSION CHECKLIST provided by the Congressional Institute


For questions, please contact Rachel Shallow (469-304-0382;


Additional information about the Competition can be found on my website: CLICK HERE.



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