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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

Art Competition

Encouraging the Sixth District's Aspiring Young Artists

Every spring, the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nationwide high school art competition.  An Artistic Discovery began in 1982 as a contest designed to encourage our America's aspiring young artists.  Since then, more than 650,000 students have participated in this annual competition, which Members conduct in their respective congressional districts.  Winners will have their submissions displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.  

An Artistic Discovery is open to all high school students in the Sixth District.  Students may submit entries through their school.  Home-schooled students or students of a non-participating high school who wish to enter the competition may make arrangements to submit their entry directly to our office by contacting my Lexington office at 859-219-1366.

IMPORTANT FORMS: Click links to download

Student Information & Release Form - This form needs to be delivered to the District Office with the artwork.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the Sixth District. Each student will be granted the opportunity to submit one piece of artwork. The artwork must be original in design, no more than 15 lbs. and no larger than 28” X 28” X 4.” The artwork must also be prepared for hanging.

The overall winner will have his or her piece displayed in the United States Capitol for the next year.  It will represent the Sixth Congressional District of Kentucky among hundreds of pieces from other congressional districts all over the country. The winner of the competition will also receive two airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to come see their artwork which will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building.

The artwork must be submitted to my Lexington District Office with the Student Information & Release Form no later than Monday, April 10, 2017.

I will be hosting a Congressional Art Competition Reception at the Singletary Center in Lexington on April 13, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  All artist, families, and friends are welcome to attend.

I hope you will join me in celebrating some of Kentucky’s most talented students.  If you have any questions, please contact my Lexington District Office at 859-219-1366.

The winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition from the Sixth District was Nicholas County High School student, Samuel Jolly, and his winning piece, “Where My Story Begins.”  The piece is displayed in the halls of the United States Capitol along with winning art from across the country.