Black Encourages Submissions for Congressional Art Competition

Mar 20, 2013

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) encourages high school students from Tennessee’ 6th Congressional District to submit original art work for the nationwide Artistic Discovery Contest sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The overall winner of the 6th District competition will have their work displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building alongside artwork from other contest winners across the country.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for students in our district to showcase their talents,” said Congressman Diane Black. “In addition to having the winner’s work placed in the Capitol, my office will award runners up in this competition the chance to have their work displayed in each of my three district offices. I look forward to this event each year and am eager to see this year’s submissions.”

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and up to 4 inches in depth and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. The art work may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage (must be two dimensional)
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. The top 6 finalists will be posted on Congressman Black’s Facebook page ( and the public will have the opportunity to vote on the overall winner and the three runners-up.

How To Apply:

Submissions can be dropped off at any of Congressman Black’s three district office locations between the following hours: Gallatin Office (355 North Belvedere Drive, Suite 308) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday - Friday, Cookeville Office (321 East Spring Street, Suite 301) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday - Friday, Crossville (29 Taylor Avenue, Suite 201) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday.

Submission of art along with a Congressional release form must be submitted to Congressman Black’s nearest district office no later than April 17, 2013.  The Congressional release form can be found on her website at


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. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Michael Detwiler in Rep. Black’s Cookeville office at 931-854-0069.