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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman DeSaulnier Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

March 11, 2016
Press Release
Congressman DeSaulnier and 2015 Art Competition Winner Charles Alston from Richmond.

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier announced his office is accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Eligible high school students may submit their original artwork through April 25, 2016. The competition is a juried art show open to all high school students who are residents of the Eleventh Congressional District of California. A winner will be selected by a panel of local judges at a reception following the submission deadline.  

“The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for students in Contra Costa County to showcase their artwork. I look forward to seeing this year’s creative and unique entries and welcoming the winner to Washington,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

The winning piece from the Eleventh Congressional District, along with winning artwork from all 50 states, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year. This summer, the winner and a guest will visit Washington, DC for a national reception honoring winners from across the country to celebrate the opening of the Capitol Exhibition. Since 1982, over 650,000 high school students from around the nation have participated in the Congressional Art Competition, which has allowed Members of Congress to acknowledge the artistic talents of their young constituents.

Contest forms and guidelines are available at Congressman DeSaulnier’s website at