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 Cylyse Robinson, a 9th grader at AC Flora High School, on being the 2020 Congressional Art Competition winner for South Carolina’s Second District. Cylyse's winning piece is titled, "Gracie, Self-Portrait," a remarkable and tasteful representation of the talent we have in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. This piece was created using only fingerprints. 

2020 Art Competition Winner

Outstanding artwork from Cylyse of AC Flora High School, the Second Congressional District of South Carolina’s Congressional Art Competition Winner

Here are some specific details about the submissions for the 2021 competition:

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, it must 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).

All submissions must be delivered to Congressman Wilson’s district offices in the Midlands or Aiken-Barnwell by close of business April 30, 2021. 

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

Important Documents

Student Release Form

Competition Guidelines