Each year, my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives participate in a nation-wide high school arts competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute.

The Congressional Art Competition is a way to recognize the talent of young artists here in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina and across the nation.

This competition is open to all high school students, and one winner is selected to represent the Second District. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with art from all participating districts around the country. This is truly a spectacular exhibit - one that I encourage all to come and see if you are ever in Washington.

Congratulations to Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School in Columbia for being selected as the 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winner. Her winning piece titled “Entangled” is a remarkable and tasteful representation of the talent we have in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. A special thank you goes to her parents, Jennifer and Patrick Rayfield, and her art teacher, Ms. Jennifer Gorlewski.

Outstanding artwork from Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School, the Second Congressional District of South Carolina’s Congressional Art Competition Winner

Here are some specific details about the submissions:

Artwork must be two-dimensional and represent this year's theme, The Palmetto State: Capturing the Spirit of South Carolina. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece be framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Entries must be original in concept, design, and execution, and must be entered in the original medium (i.e. not a scan or copy of original work).

Entries are due to our District Office by May 29, 2020.  

If you would like any additional information or have any questions about the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Sam Orr in the Midlands office at 803-939-0041. 

Important Documents

Student Release Form

Competition Guidelines

Competition Checklist