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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Apr 3, 2017
Press Release
Winning works are displayed for one year at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Tim Walz kicked off the 2017 Congressional Art Competition by inviting high school students from across Minnesota’s First District to submit their artwork for the contest.

“I am excited to welcome First District high schoolers to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition,” Representative Walz said. “The chance to see winning artwork from talented students all across the country is my favorite part of walking between meetings with constituents in my D.C. office and votes on the House floor.  I can’t wait to see this year’s art submissions from talented students across southern Minnesota.”

Beginning in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has served as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district. Fillmore Central student Kassandra Back won last year’s First District competition with her oil landscape entitled, “Goodnight Moon.”

The first place winner will have their artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, leading to the U.S. Capitol, for an entire year. The art contest is free and open to students in grades 9 through 12 who live in Minnesota’s First Congressional District or attend high school in the district.

The following types of artwork can be submitted:

Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor

Drawings - including colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, and charcoal


Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints

Mixed Media

Computer Generated Art


For a copy of the guidelines, please click here.

To enter:

To enter into this year’s Congressional Art Competition, please submit a framed work of art along with the Student Information and Release Form to the Rochester or Mankato district office by April 14, 2017:

Rochester office:  1202 ½ 7th Street Northwest, Suite 211, Rochester, MN 55901

Mankato office:  527 ½ South Front Street, Mankato, MN 56001

For the Student Information and Release Form, please click here.

Professional artists will determine the winner of the competition, which will be announced on May 8, 2017

For further information on the Congressional Art Competition, please visit here.