Wednesday, Feb. 24, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) invited high school students from across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Bustos will begin accepting entries on March 1 with a deadline for submissions on March 31. There is a limit of one entry per student.
“There are so many talented young artists across our region, and I highly encourage Illinois high school students to participate in this year’s art competition,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for students’ work to be displayed for thousands of Americans to see, and as someone who has always had an appreciation for the visual arts, I look forward to seeing the submissions and I’m honored to help feature the work of a young Illinois artist in the U.S. Capitol.”
The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. One winning piece of artwork from each House district will be selected for display in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year. 
The winner of the competition will also receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C. Runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Illinois and Washington, D.C. offices.

Any high school student from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District is eligible to submit an original piece of artwork for consideration. To enter, students must submit a digital form through Congresswoman Bustos’ website and send a digital version of their art to her office at All entries will be posted online for the public to vote for the eventual winner.
For further details on the Art Competition, including more information on how to enter, please visit Congresswoman Bustos’ website at