2021 Congressional Art Competition

“TX-36 the Energy Capital of the World”

(No other entries will be accepted)

2021 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines
This competition is open to high school students (grades 9-12). Participating students must reside (check here) within Texas's 36th Congressional District (Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, and Chambers counties, as well as portions of southeastern Harris County).

All entries must follow the theme: “TX-36 the Energy Capital of the World”When the Spindletop gusher made its grand debut in 1901, the area encompassing Texas’ 36th Congressional District became the epicenter for the United States' energy industry. The growth ignited by this oil well never slowed. For more than a century, Southeast Texas has been a hub for virtually every segment of the energy industry: discovery, exploration, production, transmission, supply, and technology. Participants must choose one of these six segments of the energy industry to depict in their submission for the TX-36 Congressional Art Competition. 

Artwork must be two-dimensional and can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame (framing is not required). Artwork may not weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted media includes: oil, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed); collage lithographs, silkscreen, block prints; mixed media, computer-generated art; and photography. Artwork must be matted in order to display using push pins (i.e. no frames or plain paper). 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’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person 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 first place entry will be displayed for one year in a national exhibit, representing Texas’ 36th Congressional District, in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the first place recipient must be able to participate in the national awards reception in Washington, D.C. The second and third place entries will be displayed for one year in Congressman Babin’s Washington and District offices, respectively.

First, second, and third place winning artwork must be available for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students 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, artwork depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature is not allowed. Click here for the full list of rules for students and teachers.

2020 Congressional Art Competition Winner
Lily Grace Niemann
“Remembering the Texas: A Glimpse of Glory"
Sophomore, Niemann Christian Academy – Woodville, Texas 

Intent to Participate Form Due: Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST
Teachers or home school students should complete and submit an Exhibit Inventory Form to Mrs. Beverly Ferguson-Cooper, Regional Director of Community Relations, at tx36artcompetition@gmail.com or by Fax at (832) 780-0964.

Submission Turn In Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Teachers must email a high-resolution photograph of the participating artwork to tx36artcompetition@gmail.com by Friday, April 9th  by 5:00 PM CST.  Artwork will not be accepted without a completed Student Information and Release Form.

Notification of Acceptance: Friday, April 21, 2021
Teachers will be notified by email with the names of students whose artwork reached the final jurying.

Virtual Awards Presentation: TBD
The event is free and open to the public. We invite all students, families, teachers, and the general public to attend this celebration of the great artistic talent of our local high school students. There will be a short recognition program culminating in the announcement of the winners of An Artistic Discovery.

Exhibition Opening in Washington: TBD
Each year there is an event for the unveiling of the student artwork from all across the nation. The winning student will be invited to attend this forum and to visit Congressman Babin in Washington, D.C. (travel will be provided to the winner by the Congressional District).