Congressional Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition - 14th District of Georgia

The High School Art Exhibition is an annual event for high school students in congressional districts throughout the country. Georgia’s 14th District Congressman Tom Graves, along with the Creative Arts Guild in Dalton, GA and Dalton State College are partnering to present this year’s exhibit and competition.

The competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) in the 14th Congressional District of Georgia. Each student is allowed one entry. Entries will be displayed at the Creative Arts Guild’s Galleries and Dalton State College Derrell C. Roberts Library. The winning piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Click here for a PDF with complete competition information, including student information and release form.

Contest Rules

In order to allow artwork to hang in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol, the following restrictions are enforced:

Artwork must conform to these restrictions:

1. Artwork must be two-dimensional.
2. Each piece can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep),
including the frame.
3. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.
4. Acceptable media for artwork are as follows:
Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
Mixed Media: use of more than one media such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
Computer-generated Art
  • Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo (other than the student’sown), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any work produced by another person is a violation of competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).
  • Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the student earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission’s policy will be omitted from the exhibit. The panel will make the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol.
Framing Guidelines
  • All artwork must be framed. Frames should be as simple and sturdy as possible. Metal frames are recommended. No “snap on” frames with glass are to be used.
  • All artwork, with the exception of oil paintings, must be protected by Plexiglas or glass. Plexiglas is preferred. If glass is used, special packing and shipping arrangements are encouraged to ensure that the work is not damaged if the glass breaks.
  • All works, including frame, should be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, to the outside of the frame, and 15 pounds in weight. Due to wide participation of Member offices, framed work larger than the specified dimensions will be turned away.
  • Matting can enhance or detract from a work of art and should be carefully prepared.
  • Use sturdy picture hangers on the back of the frame. Two sturdy hooks should be attached at the right and left sides of the back of the work for hanging in order to prevent the work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Please place wire or cord between the hooks for hanging.
  • Do not attach labels, ribbons, etc. to the front of the piece or underneath the glass or Plexiglas.
  • If the artwork is abstract in design, please indicate on the backside which side is “up” with arrows.
Submission Guidelines
  • Please attach a typed adhesive label to the back of the artwork with the following information and complete the inventory form and student information sheet. Use the largest label you have available. This information should be typed.
Member Name
State and District (Georgia, 14th District)
Title of Piece
Student Name
Student Address and Phone Number
  • A Student Release Form, signed by both the teacher and the student, must be securely attached to the back of the overall winner’s artwork when shipped to Washington D.C. to certify the originality of the piece. The DSC Derrell C. Roberts Library will provide a copy of the Student Release form to the overall winner.

Entries should be delivered Monday - Wednesday, February 25, 26, 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to the Creative Arts Guild, 520 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30720 or other times by special arrangement with the Creative Arts Guild. Work that has been copied from another source (such as a drawing from a published photograph) or work that has been submitted in previous years will be pre-juried out of the exhibition.

Exhibit Details

This year's exhibit will be on display at the Creative Arts Guild March 1 – March 28 and will be a part of the Guild’s 50th annual Student Arts Expo and First Friday Artist Reception, Friday, March 1, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30. Works not being moved to Dalton State College should be picked up at the Creative Arts Guild Friday, March 29, 10:00-3:00 or April 8-10, 10:00 – 5:00 (the Guild is closed April 1-5) or by special arrangement, contact the Guild 706.278.0168 or via email to

The top 5 pieces selected will be moved to the Dalton State College, Derrell C. Roberts Library on March 29 and be on display April 1 – 22.

Congressman Graves will announce winner at the closing reception at DSC Roberts Library April 22 at 6:00 pm. The winning Congressional work will represent the 14th Congressional District in an exhibition in Washington, D.C. for one year. 

The 4th and 5th place entries should be picked up by the artist at Dalton State College April 23, or other time by special arrangement with Melissa Dawn Whitesell, or 706.272.2503 at Dalton State.

First, Second and Third place entries will be moved to the local Congressional office and be displayed April 23–May 15. Congressman Graves’ office will ship the winning artwork to Washington D.C and will coordinate with the 2nd and 3rd place winners regarding pick up of their work on April 30th.

At the close of the Congressional Exhibit in Washington D.C. the 1st place work will be returned May 2014 to the artist.

Delivery and Pick Up Dates

DELIVER ALL entries to Creative Arts Guild
Monday, February 25 10:00 – 5:00
Tuesday, February 26 10:00 – 5:00
Wednesday, February 27 10:00 - 4:00

PICK UP ALL entries EXCEPT 1st, 2nd , 3rd, 4th, and 5th place at Creative Arts Guild
Friday, March 29 10:00 - 3:00
April 8-10 10:00 – 5:00

PICK UP 4th and 5th place winners at Dalton State College Roberts Library
April 23 or other time by special arrangement with DSC Library

PICK UP 2nd and 3rd place entries Congressman Graves office will coordinate with artists to pick
up after May 15.

1st Place will be shipped to Washington by Congressman Graves office. Winning artwork will be returned May 2014 to artist.


Friday, March 1 - Thursday, March 28, 2013
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday, March 1, 5:30 – 7:30

650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
April 1 – April 22, 7:30 am - 8:00 pm

April 22, 2013 6:00 pm

All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.


Office of Congressman Tom Graves
702 S. Thornton Avenue, Dalton, GA 30720
Contact: Tracey Bartley 706.226.5320

Creative Arts Guild
520 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30720
Contact: Leanne Lawson 706.278.0168, 706.217.6677

Dalton State College Derrell C. Robert Library
650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
Contact: Melissa Dawn Whitesell 706.272.2503