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Art Competition

Click here to be directed to the gallery of 2021 student artwork.

U.S. Congressman Peter Welch is delighted to host the 40th Annual Vermont Congressional Art Competition for high school students.

In 1981, the late Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont, when he served in the House of Representatives, created the annual Congressional Arts Competition to recognize and encourage young developing artists from across the country. Since its inception, more than 650,000 students have participated, including hundreds of young Vermont artists.

Every spring, participating Members of Congress sponsor high school arts competition in their districts. Winning artists from each district are honored by displaying their winning work in the United States Capitol for one year.  The winning artwork is also featured on the Congressional Art Competition website

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Congressman Welch will host a virtual gallery where a selection of the submitted artwork will be displayed.

The 2021 competition is open to all high school students in Vermont. Registration is open until Sunday, April 18, 2021. Interested students should contact their high school art teacher for details on how to submit artwork. 

Rules and Guidelines

Please read through the following documents to learn more about the submission process, artwork eligibility, and important deadlines. 

For additional information, please contact Congressman Welch's Burlington office at 802-652-2450.