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WASHINGTON, DC - Local high school artists still have time to compete in the Congressional Art Competition for Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The winning artist will receive two free airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to travel to Washington, DC to see their artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol Building. Congressman Hal Rogers is accepting entries for local students to submit their artwork until Monday, May 9, 2022.

"We have incredibly talented artists across Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Thanks to this competition, one winner will have the opportunity to represent our region on Capitol Hill," said Congressman Rogers. "It gives me great pride to see their artwork on display in the Capitol alongside some of the nation's best young artists."

To participate in the competition, students can submit a photo of their original artwork, by emailing it to

Acceptable mediums include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photographs. The artwork must be two-dimensional, cannot exceed 26" x 26" x 4" and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. The winning artwork must be framed by the artist before being displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Students must attend high school in Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District, which includes the following counties: Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne and Whitley.

For more information, contact Danielle Smoot at 606-679-8346 or

The Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, was initiated by Congress in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young people living in their districts. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition over the last 30 years.

For more information about the Congressional Art Competition in Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District, visit