The Congressional High School Art Competition has been held every spring since its creation in 1982 by Senator James Jeffords of Vermont. The competition allows students around the nation to exhibit their work and compete to have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
This year’s competition features the art of more than 100 students from high schools and home schools throughout Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District.
Students competed in seven categories: Painting (watercolor and acrylics), painting (oil), drawings, prints, mixed media, computer generated art, and photography. Entries were judged by members of the Cottonwood community.
Prizes for competition winners and their art teachers were graciously donated by schools, businesses, museums and other organizations throughout Colorado.
The grand prize winner will have their work displayed in the Capitol for one year and receive an assortment of prizes including scholarships, museum tickets and two plane tickets to view their artwork in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design is awarding one upperclassmen with an $8,000 scholarship to their school.