Hosted by Congressman Phillips
On view at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts from April 17 – 24
Reception and Awards Ceremony April 24th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Details about the Congressional Art Competition are below. Questions? Please contact Rep. Phillips’ office.




Open exclusively to high school students currently in grades 9-12. To be eligible to win, the student must be a resident of, or attend high school in, the Third Congressional District.
Each High School may submit up to 10 two-dimensional pieces of student art (not larger than 26”x26”x4” once framed) that meet the enclosed guidelines. Note: This number is subject to change depending on the number of RSVPs. Please, only 1 piece per student.


2019 Congressional Art Competition initiated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, this competition will be hosted by newly elected member Dean Phillips.


“An Artistic Discovery” provides Congress and the public the opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young Americans, and we want to celebrate you!


Entries must be flat and two-dimensional. Entries must be original, no larger than 26” high x 26”wide x 4” deep once framed and cannot weigh more than 15 lbs. Only the winner’s artwork will be framed; all artwork must be matted and mounted ONLY for competition. If you are using a medium which smears easily, please protect it with shrink wrap before pick-up.
Artwork categories are as follows:
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than 2 mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography 


There is no theme for this year’s competition, students may submit the best representation of their talents from their current projects, but all submissions must be appropriate for public display and viewers of all ages.


  1. Originality
  2. Clearly expressed content
  3. Not reproduced from a 3rd party’s work
  4. Not a violation of U.S. copyright laws.
  5. Appropriate Content


Rollie Olson
Art Competition Coordinator
Congressman Dean Phillips’s Office
Phone: 952-207-9956


  • April 9th: Due date for all RSVPs: Please e-mail your intent to participate. The sooner you RSVP the better!
Staff from Congressman Phillips’s Office will be helping with the pickup of artwork from participating schools this year as needed. This will save art faculty the inconvenience of bringing submissions to Minnetonka on a particular intake day. Please contact Rollie AS SOON AS you have all of your expected submissions and we will schedule a time to pick them up.
Note: All artwork must be scheduled for pickup by April 15th to be included
  • April 17th – April 24th: Third Congressional District Student Art Exhibition on view at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.
  • April 24th: Congressman Phillips hosts Reception, & Awards Ceremony at Minnetonka Center for the Arts from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • May 24th: The framed winning piece of art is due in Washington, D.C. The 1st-place winner will be displayed with other Congressional district winners around the nation. Other Finalists will have a chance to display their pieces in the Congressman’s district office in Minnetonka.
  • June 24th: The 1st-place winner is invited to Washington, D.C. for Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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