Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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2017 Congressional Art Competition

Are you a high school student interested in showcasing your artwork? The Congressional Art Competition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible talent in the Twelfth Congressional District. 

“The Congressional Art Competition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible talent of students from Western Pennsylvania,” said Rothfus.  “Last year’s entries demonstrated the creativity and originality of our young artists.  I encourage all high school students to submit their favorite work, and I look forward to hanging the winning piece for all to appreciate in the Capitol building.”

The winning work of art will be chosen by a panel of local judges and will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel leading to the Capitol for eleven months.  The winner and a guest will be invited to a reception at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.  In addition, there is the opportunity for a $3000 Savannah College of Art and Design Scholarship.

Students have until April 7, 2017 to submit a JPEG of their entries to  Artwork must comply with the guidelines in order to be considered.  Physical pieces of art will be accepted at the Beaver, Johnstown, and Ross Township offices between April 10,2017 and April 14, 2017.  To set up an appointment, please call your nearest district office.

Competition Rules & Guidelines

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches and may be up to 4 inches in depth.  The artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.  If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must adhere to the size guidelines. The artwork may be:

•    Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
•    Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
•    Collage
•    Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
•    Mixed Media
•    Computer Generated Art
•    Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution. It is important to note that there are three different avenues you can pursue to submit your piece.  

If you are interested in serving on the panel or have any questions, please contact Shannon Smith at (724) 359-1626 or


Art Submission Checklist

NOTE: All submissions must be accompanied by a release form.  Please download the Student Release Form