I am excited to invite you to participate in my first-ever Congressional Arts Competition. This national competition has been held annually since 1982, selecting visual art from every U.S. House district for display in the U.S. Capitol for a year. I’m also going to host spoken word and sculpture competitions to celebrate the diversity of talent in Minnesota’s Fifth District.
Art plays a vital role in our lives – it connects us across vast distances of geography and ideology. More than ever, art is an important bridge to help us understand our neighbors and recognize our shared humanity. This year, I encourage students to think about how creativity keeps our society open.
All entries will be on public display beginning in mid-April. I am selecting a panel of local artists to serve as a jury and determine the winning entries. On April 22, 2019, we will gather for a reception in honor of these brilliant young artists and announce the winners. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided by a local caterer.
All competitions are open to students in grades 9-12 (and 7th and 8th graders who attend schools with grades 7-12). For the visual art and sculpture categories, each art instructor is invited to submit two students’ works. Spoken word entries can be submitted electronically directly by the competitor. Artwork submitted must adhere to the national guidelines, and the judging panel is unable to judge works that do not meet the requirements. Please note that visual artwork must be framed prior to being submitted by my office. The visual art requirements are the same as previous years – all pieces, including their frames, must be no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches. Details for the spoken word and sculpture competitions are included in the online information packet.
Visual artwork and sculptures must be dropped off by arts instructors the week of April 1-April 5, 2019 at my Minneapolis office, located at 404 North 3rd Avenue, Suite 203, Minneapolis, MN 55401, between 9am and 6pm. Spoken word competitors should follow the online submission instructions included in the information packet. All submissions must include the student release form and a one-paragraph artist statement. Artists should discuss the open society elements of their work, if applicable.
If you would like more information about the competition, or have any questions, please submit the online form or call my office at (612) 333-1272.