WASHINGTON—U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) and the South Dakota Arts Council are pleased to announce the 2011 Congressional Art Competition, Artistic Discovery, has now started. South Dakota high school students may submit original artwork to Congresswoman Noem’s office for the chance to have their work displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year. The winning artist will be invited to a reception highlighting their artwork in conjunction with the exhibit ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Each piece of art can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4,” including the frame. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs. Accepted media for artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, marker
  • Collage
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer-Generated Art
  • Photography


Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Work entered must be in the original medium. No scanned reproductions of paintings or drawings will be allowed.


Entries must be faxed or emailed on or before April 24, 2011.


For more information, contact Katie Douglas at 202-225-2801 or Katie.Douglas@mail.house.gov





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