Congressional Art Contest
Each year, Congressman Cantor presents awards to high school students from the 7th District for their outstanding art work. The winner's art is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
The Congressional Art Competition provides an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since its inception, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.
The Seventh District Congressional Art Contest is held in the spring of each year. Our office sends a letter to school principals and teachers throughout the 7th District early each calendar year to notify them of the competition. To determine if a student resides in the 7th Congressional District, you may visit this website. Additionally, we would like to encourage homeschooled students from the 7th District to submit artwork.
Students may submit a single, original entry no larger than 28" x 28" x 4" inches, including the frame. Paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, collages, or prints may be submitted. You can read additional guidelines for students and teachers here.
All entries are displayed in the Richmond area and are reviewed by a professional panel of judges who award first, second, and third place awards. The winners are announced during a reception for the student artists and their parents, teachers, and school administrators.
The winning entry will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, for one year starting in June, replacing the previous year's winner. That entry will be displayed with the works of student artists from across America. The work of the runners-up will be displayed in Congressman Cantor's District Office for one year.
In order to recognize as many of our talented student artists as possible, an honorable mention from each school district is also selected.
For additional information about the Congressional Art Contest and a 7th District participation form, please contact our Richmond office at (804) 747-4073 or (800) 438-3793.
2012 Congressional Art Contest Winners
First Place - Selena Kitchens, Maggie Walker Governor’s School
Second Place - Jane McGehee, St. Catherine’s School
Third Place - Holden Spence, Clover Hill High School
2011 Congressional Art Contest Winners
First Place - Anna Beth Hart, Henrico High School
Second Place - Patrick Acker, Clover Hill High School
Third Place - Sophia Smith, Hermitage High School
2010 Congressional Art Contest Winners
First Place - Sean Turner, Hermitage High School
Second Place - Audrey Hester, Deep Run High School
Third Place - Ericka Wenrich, Deep Run High School
2009 Congressional Art Contest Winners
First Place - Kendall Cox, Henrico High School
Second Place - Kelly Burnett, Hermitage High School
Third Place - Victoria Sampson, Hermitage High School
2008 Congressional Art Contest Winners
First Place - Kelsey Sawyer, Maggie Walker Governor's School
Second Place - Sam Melby, Hermitage High School
Third Place - Abigail Bock, Home School