Congressional Art Competition open to local area high schools

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will again showcase talented local student artists through the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Open to high school students in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, the first-place artwork will be displayed in a busy corridor of the U.S. Capitol complex for one year.

“Our community has much to be thankful for, including many talented high school artists and their dedicated teachers, as well as the parents who support their dreams,” said Congressman Pittenger. “We display the first-place entry in a corridor visited by thousands of people every day, and my staff and I always make sure to point it out to visitors.”

Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. on April 26. Full details and official rules are available at

The community will be invited to help select three finalists via a Facebook competition ( from noon on April 27 through noon on May 2. Three additional finalists will be selected by regional art experts. Finalists will be announced May 3.

The first-place winner will be chosen from the six finalists by Congressman Pittenger, his staff, and the regional art experts. The first-place winner will receive the Congressional Art Award, and:

— The winning entry will hang in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year.

— The student will receive a scholarship offer from a prestigious arts university.

— The student and a guest will be flown to Washington, D.C., to attend the national reception and view their artwork in the Capitol.

The other five finalists will have the option of displaying their artwork in Congressman Pittenger’s North Carolina offices.

The 2018 Congressional Art Competition is carried out at no expense to the Federal Government. All expenses are paid for locally in the community. For information, complete rules, and entry forms, go to or call 704-362-1060.