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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Art Competition




Rep. Esty with Molly Humphreys, Shannon Rupar, and Charit Chaributa, winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Not pictured: 2nd place winner Benjamin Eckstein


Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of students across the country. Last year, high school students across Central and Northwest Connecticut submitted over 100 works of art.
My office is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition from high school students who live or attend school in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District.
How to Participate:
  1. Check to see if you live in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District here. Make sure that your artwork complies with the 2018 Rules and Regulations.
  2. Complete the 2018 Student Release Form. Art will not be displayed without a completed release form.
  3. Participants must physically deliver artwork and Student Release Forms to the Mattatuck Museum located on 144 West Main Street in Waterbury starting Sunday, March 25, 2018 till April 15, 2018 between 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches long, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep including the frame.
The following are accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork:
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs
5th District Congressional Art Competition Reception
I will be announcing this year’s winner and recognize all participants and their families on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. All students who would like to be considered for selection as a competition winner should be present at the event.
The winner will receive:
  • Year-long exhibition of their artwork in the U.S. Capitol.
  • Complimentary airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the reception and installation of the winning entries from congressional districts throughout the country.
  • A chance to win a scholarship to one of our nation’s top art schools.
The first and second runners-up will have their artwork displayed in my Washington, DC and New Britain Office. Honorary Mention will be hung at the Mattatuck Museum. 
Questions? Please contact Xholina Nano in my office with any questions or concerns at (860) 223-8412 or

Top: “Farmer’s Market” by Shannon Rupar
Bottom: Left “Small World” by Benjamin Eckstein, Middle: “Mahapaksa” by Charit Charitabuta, Right: “Stage-Lights in a New Light” by Molly Humphreys