Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives recognizes and encourages the artistic talent of high-school students throughout Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District. The “Best-in-Show” winning piece is displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, and its student artist will receive paid airfare for two to travel to Washington D.C. to attend the national Congressional Art Competition winners’ reception. 

I am always excited to participate in this annual event and be able to showcase the winning artwork of the talented students in Arkansas’ first congressional district. First place winners from eight medium categories are chosen and an overall winner. The overall winner’s artwork will be displayed in Washington, D.C with all the other winners from this national competition.

For more information on the 2024 Congressional Art Competition please click here!

2023 Best in Show

Liza Shaddy, Norfork High School

Instructor Keela Olson

Painting Titled “Family Reminiscence.”


Additional winners in the Congressional Art competition are:

  • Best in Show, (first place painting medium) Liza Shaddy, Norfork High School
  • People’s Choice, Courtney Platt, Lonoke High School
  • First place collage medium, Nikolai Stone, Flippin High School
  • First place digital medium, Vanessa Toney, The Academies of Jonesboro High
  • First place drawing medium, Caroline Christofferson, Hoxie High School
  • First place mixed media, Makynna Powers, Greene County Tech
  • First place photography, Ashton Timms, Green County Tech
  • First place print medium, Derrick Burton, Forrest City High School

Previous Recipients

Rachel Howald

"Anxious", 2022

Reagan Buckley

"Embrace", 2021

Emma Kraus

"Lights Within", 2020

Jaden Hendrix

"Best Friend", 2019

Annelise Jarret

"Reflections", 2018

Mackenzie Pennington

"In Memory of the Fallen", 2017

Cameron Robinson

"African Roots", 2013

Langley Osborn

"Oversea Sweetheart", 2012