Congressional Art Competition
About the Congressional Art Contest
The annual Congressional High School Art Competition brings together the best student artwork from the 32nd Congressional District and across the country. I am proud to support the 32nd Congressional District's participation in the annual Congressional High School Art Competition each year. The contest is open to all high school students, and there is a winner from each Congressional district. When the winning artist is chosen, his or her artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol. In June, Congress will host a reception in Washington for winners from across the country.
2013 Congressional Art Competition
The Congressional Art Competition is open to high school students only. Students attending public or private schools residing in the 32nd Congressional District are eligible to participate.
Teachers must return this year's Congressional Art Contest Entry Form by Thursday, March 28th, 2013. Arttwork will be judged on April 11th by local artists and art educators, who will select the Grand Prize winner and two Runners-Up. All other pieces will be photographed for the People's Choice award and linked to our official website for voting.
Forms relevant to the 2013 Congressional Art Contest are available for download:
- Information about the 32nd Congressional Art Contest
- 2013 School Entry Form
- Guidelines for Students and Teachers
- Student Release Form
If you have any questions regarding the Congressional Art Contest, please contact Jennifer Lang in Congressman Sessions' Dallas Office at 972.392.0505. To find out if you live in Texas' 32nd District, click here.
2012 Congressional Art Competition
On Tuesday, April 30th, the winners of the 2013 Congressional High School Art Competition were congratulated on their artistic acheivements at an awards ceremony at The Art Institute of Dallas. This year’s competition included 34 entries from students representing 10 local schools. Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute and local artists. The People’s Choice Award winner was chosen by my constituents through online voting on my website.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Grand Prize winner Amber Yen
Amber Yen, a junior at Fairhill School, was awarded the Grand Prize for her oil painting entitled “Childhood Memory.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Amber will travel to Washington, DC for the national Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.
Runners Up honors were presented to Stephen Renard, a senior at Parish Episcopal, for his photograph “Vibrant Color in Everyday Life” and to Oscar Mora, a junior at Lakeview Centennial High School, for his graphite pencil sketch “Oscar Squared.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Samuel Boyne, a junior at Covenant School, for his pen and watercolor piece “Grasshopper Fete.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in Sessions’ office for the next year.
Grand Prize Winner: Amber Yen's "Childhood Memory"
Runner Up: Stephen Renard's "Vibrant Color in Everyday Life"
Runner Up: Oscar Mora's "Oscar Squared"
People's Choice: Samuel Boyne's "Grasshopper Fete"