Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to Jon Worth Garrett! The Corinth High School eleventh grade student is the first-place winner of Mississippi's First Congressional District Art Competition. His watercolor titled "Mississippi Liberty" depicts the Mississippi State Capitol Building. Jon Worth is the son of Brett and Jennifer Garrett.

2nd place –  Ali Cooley, grade 11, Booneville High School
3rd place –  Mackenzie Martin, grade 10, Booneville High Schoole
4th place –  Mackenzie Beadles, Homeschooled, resident of Hernando
5th place –  Faith Penro, grade 12, Ripley High School
6th place –  Carley Foster, grade 10, Booneville High School
7th Place –  Cara Breedlove, grade 9, Booneville High School

Each spring, a nationwide high school art competition is sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Congressional Institute. The contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent across the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. For more information about the Congressional Art Competition, please visit the official Congressional Art Competition page.  

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the First District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for eleven months in the Cannon Tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide. Additionally, winners will receive two plane tickets to travel to D.C. for the awards ceremony in June.

Art entered in the contest may be up to 26"€ x 26"€ and  4"€ deep (with frame if winner). The artwork may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

Contact information:

Please call Melinda Whited at (662) 687-1525 for additional information.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition,  please submit the following form.


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