Forbes announces Congressional Art Competition

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (D-4) invites all interested high school students to participate in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. According to a tradition which began in 1982, this annual art competition offers high school students from the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia, as well as across the country, an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the U.S. Capitol.

“The annual Congressional Art Competition strengthens the important role that the fine arts curriculum plays in the education of our students, and offers an opportunity for growing artists to have their work appreciated,” Forbes said. “I am proud of the skill and enthusiasm of our Fourth District students, and look forward to seeing their creativity once again this year.”

Every year, each member of Congress is given the opportunity to choose one piece of art from their Congressional District to display in the Cannon Tunnel, a path tread by many visitors and members of Congress as they make their way to the U.S. Capitol Building. The winner from the Fourth District will also be invited to Washington, D.C. to meet Congressman Forbes and attend the annual unveiling ceremony this summer.

Guidelines and information packets are being sent to all high schools in the Fourth Congressional District.

Students wishing to participate must submit their artwork no later than Wednesday, April 20. All entries must be sent to one of Congressman Forbes’ district offices in Chesterfield or Chesapeake.

Additional information is available on Forbes’ website at, including official guidelines and information. Students may also contact Meggie Trusty (202) 225-6365 for more information.