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U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) invites high school students in southern and eastern Kentucky to participate in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. 

Each year, the U.S. House of Representatives holds an annual art competition titled "An Artistic Discovery" for high school students to showcase their talent and represent their congressional districts by displaying their artwork inside the U.S. Capitol for one year, where more than three million people visit annually. Thousands of high school students participate all across the country and one winner is chosen from each congressional district.

“I'm always eager to see the impressive works of art that are submitted by our students in southern and eastern Kentucky for the Congressional Art Competition,” said Rogers. “I enjoy walking through the Cannon Tunnel where all of the winning artwork is displayed from each state, and I take great pride in showing off the talent from the Fifth District of Kentucky." 

The top three district winners will be chosen from the Somerset, Prestonsburg and Hazard district offices. The winning artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol and the winner will receive two free airline tickets to Washington, DC for an annual awards ceremony. Winners may also be eligible to receive an artistic college scholarship.

Last year, Reagan Smith submitted the winning artwork from Corbin High School, entitled "#Selfie #Uncentered". Reagan utilized watercolors to create her self-portrait. As the Fifth District winner, Reagan received a $3,000 art scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design, along with two free airline tickets to see her artwork displayed in Washington, D.C. Her art teacher was Brenda Daniel and Reagan is the daughter of Gwen Lickliter of Corbin, Kentucky.

For competition guidelines, visit Artwork must be two-dimensional, and each framed piece must be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4”. All artwork is due at Congressional District Offices by Friday, April 24, 2015.

For more information, contact Chelsea Whalen in Rogers' Washington, DC office at 202-225-4601 or

Artwork should be submitted to the following district offices as indicated by county:

Prestonsburg District Office (Boyd, Carter, Floyd, Elliott, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Pike and Rowan Counties) 
110 Resource Court
Suite A 
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Hazard District Office (Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley and Perry counties) 
48 South Kentucky Highway 15
Hazard, KY 41701

Somerset District Office (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley Counties)
551 Clifty Street
Somerset, KY 42503

Remaining artwork should be picked up no later than June 1, 2015.

Click here for an art submission checklist for the Congressional Art Competition.

Click here to download the student release form.

Click here to download the rules for submitting artwork.


Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter at!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook at!/CongressmanHalRogers.