Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. 

  • 1st Place Winner: Artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. Southwest Airlines provides two free roundtrip airfare tickets to attend the Congressional Art Competition Reception, held every year in late June.
  • 2nd Place Winner: Artwork will be displayed in Congressman Marshall's D.C. Office for one year.
  • 3rd Place Winner: Artwork will be displayed in Congressman Marshall's District Office in Salina for one year.
  • 4th Place Winner: Artwork will be displayed in Congressman Marshall's District Office in Garden City for one year.

The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.


Rules of the Congressional Art Competition are as follows:

Artwork may be no longer than 26 inches long, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed, and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Acceptable mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings - oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and marker (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries 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 or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the 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). The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on


Each student is limited to two entries. A PDF image of artwork entries must be emailed by April 24, 2020 to: 

Contact Nikki Meagher at or (785) 829-9000 with any questions.

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