Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt has set the 14th Annual Seventh Congressional District High School Art Competition for Friday, April 9 at the Springfield Art Museum.


Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt has set the 14th Annual Seventh Congressional District High School Art Competition for Friday, April 9 at the Springfield Art Museum. Blunt is encouraging art teachers and young artists from high schools in the 10-county congressional district to begin planning their entries for the exhibition. 

“This is a showcase event for aspiring Southwest Missouri high school art students. The Congressional High School Art Show gives students an opportunity to display their artistic talent and view of the world and have it examined by their peers and college professors,” Blunt said.

“The congressional art show reveals the gifted students and talented art teachers who instill their skills, knowledge and passion in their students.”

 The competition is open to high school students in the Seventh Congressional District. Each high school may submit one entry that may be no larger than 28 by 28 inches, including frame. Original work may include paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, collages, or prints. The deadline for submitting entry forms to Congressman Blunt’s Springfield Constituent Service Office is April 1.

Judging will take place at the Springfield Art Museum April 9 by a distinguished panel of art professors from Seventh District colleges and universities. That afternoon, winners will be announced during a 4 p.m. reception for the high school artists, their parents, art teachers, school administrators and judges. 

The winning entry will be on exhibit in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year starting in June, replacing the watercolor portrait submitted by Emily Wilker, a senior at Springfield Glendale High School who earned the top prize last year. 

The work of the runners-up will be displayed in Congressman Blunt’s Springfield and Joplin Constituent Services Offices for the next year.

To obtain information about entering the art competition, contact Sharon Nahon (417) 889-1800 in Congressman Blunt’s Springfield Constituent Services Office.