Art Competition

Artwork submission deadline: Monday, April 14, 2014

Drop off or mail artwork to Congressman Petri's district office at 490 W Rolling Meadows Dr, Fond du Lac, WI 54937


Reception and Awards Ceremony:

Saturday, April 26, 2014 -- 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA)

51 Sheboygan St. Fond du Lac, WI 54935

On display for public viewing at THELMA

Thursday, April 17 - Sunday, May 4.  

Check for viewing hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Congressman Petri's Fond du Lac office at (920) 922-1180 or toll-free at 1-800-242-4883.



Click here to view the guidelines for the 2014 competition.

  • In addition to these guidelines, artwork should be either matted or framed, in order to facilitate displaying it and to protect it from damage, and artwork should be labeled on the back with the student's name, school, title of the artwork and medium used.  The Student Information & Release Form should be handed in with the artwork, rather than attached to the back.

Click here to access the Student Information and Release Form.

Congressman Petri with Rachel Rohe from Neenah High School, winner of the 2013 competition

Congressman Petri with Rachel Rohe from Neenah High School, winner of the 2013 competition


About the Congressional Art Competition

This nationwide art competition, sponsored by Members of Congress through competitions held in their congressional districts, affords creative high school students the opportunity to showcase their talents in Washington, D.C. Each year, the winning entries, one from each congressional district, are displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

The first place work will be professionally framed and will be sent to Washington to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The winning artist will be invited to go to Washington for a national reception to honor the winning artists from all over the country.

Artwork categories are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
  • Computer generated art
  • Photography 

First place artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to students earlier. Students, therefore, should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

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, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.  For more information on the competition please click here.