Rep. Kind urges students to enter annual art contest

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — U.S. Rep. Ron Kind is encouraging all high school students in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District to enter the annual Congressional Art Competition.

“Each year, students create incredible works of art, and I’m always proud to see the talent of WI-03 students showcased in the Capitol,” the La Crosse Democrat said in announcing that the contest is accepting entries.

The competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and encourage students’ artistic talent. More than 650,000 high school students have participated since then.

The 3rd District’s first-place entry will hang for a year in the U.S. Capitol, along with the works of other student artists from across the country. Second place will be displayed in Kind’s Washington office, while the third- and fourth-place pieces will be displayed in his La Crosse and Eau Claire offices.
The submission deadline is April 16, and only one entry is allowed per student. Accepted mediums are:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs.
    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, submissions must be made virtually. More information about rules, guidelines and how to enter is available on Kind’s website.