U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is inviting Southern Arizona high school students to submit artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition.

The winning piece from a student in the congressman’s district will be exhibited in the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington for the next year, where it will be seen by members of Congress and tens of thousands of visitors. It will hang alongside the other winners from congressional districts across the nation.

The winning Southern Arizona student artist will receive two airline tickets so the student and an adult family member or legal guardian can fly to Washington for the opening of the exhibition this spring.

Artwork can be submitted now to Barber’s office in Tucson at 3945 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 211 or to the Sierra Vista Office at 77 Calle Portal, Suite B-160. The last day for submissions is Monday, March 24 at 5 p.m. Early entries are encouraged and late entries will not be accepted.

The competition is open to all high school aged students, including home-schooled, living in the 2ndCongressional District. To verify your congressional district, go to www.house.gov and enter your zip code in the upper right corner.

Artwork entered in the contest can be no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches by 4 inches, including the frame. It can weigh no more than 15 pounds.

The artwork may be:

Paintings, including oil, acrylics and watercolor

Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink and markers


Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints

Mixed media

Computer-generated art


All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Additional details are available at: barber.house.gov/services/art-competition

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