Local high school students invited to participate in Congressional Art Competition

The 2017 Winner for Congressman Mike Simpson’s Office for the Congressional Art Competition | Image Courtesy: United States House of Representatives


WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman Mike Simpson is inviting high school students throughout southeast Idaho to participate in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

“Each year, as students submit their artwork, they join with thousands of their peers in recognizing and encouraging artistic talent throughout the nation, and in each community,” according to Congressman Mike’s Simpson’s office. “Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the competition.”

This year’s theme is titled, My Heritage. My Future. My Idaho. The winner of

Bailey Annis, student at Bonneville High School and winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for Congressman Mike Simpson’s office, stands with her work | Image Courtesy: Congressman Mike Simpson

the competition will have their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building, and win a round trip flight, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to Washington D.C. for a special reception at the U.S. Capitol building.

Last year, Bailey Annis, a student from Bonneville High School, won the competition.

“It was a pleasure to meet Bailey and her family and I’m proud that her art is now on display in the U.S. Capitol,” Congressman Mike Simpson said. “She is a fantastic artist, a great student, and Idaho is lucky to have her represent our state.”

Congressman Simpson also said last year’s submissions accounted for the largest number of participants and entries in recent years.

“We were thrilled at this year’s participation,” Congressman Simpson said in 2018. “This is the largest participation we have seen in years.  There were nine high schools represented in this year’s competition, spanning from Skyline to Timberline and North Fremont to Snake River.”

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho commissions a panel to review all submissions, and then displays all the entries throughout the month of March. Last year, over 1,200 people viewed the artwork submitted to the competition by local high school students.

Submissions are due by February 26, 2019.

Full details on this year’s rules and requirements can be found here: 2019 Congressional Art Competition