Congressman Michael Turner | Proudly Serving Ohio's 10th District

Congressional Art Competition

The annual competition was created in 1982 as a way to showcase the artistic talents of young people throughout the country. The goal of the contest is to support and promote the arts, and encourage artistic expression in our youth. This contest will further develop creativity and original thought in our young people, skills that will prove invaluable as they move forward with their education and careers. 

We are fortunate to again have the Dayton Art Institute host the Tenth District Congressional Art Competition. The building is home to a collection of 26,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years of art history and is rated as “superb in quality” by the American Association of Museums. As a nationally recognized museum, it is an honor for students to have their artwork displayed alongside the work of world renowned artists. 

Our annual Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors residing in Ohio’s Tenth Congressional District. All qualified entries will be on view in the North and South Galleries of The Dayton Art Institute in April and the beginning of May. An independent panel of judges will select the winners after each piece of artwork is installed. A special awards ceremony will take place in early May and the grand prize winner and runners-up will be announced. Each participant will be honored and presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. 

The first place winner will also win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a ceremony inside the U.S. Capitol, where their artwork will be on display with the work of Congressional contest winners across the nation. Hundreds of people will see the artwork each day. Scholarships are awarded to the grand prize winner and runners-up.

Each year, I am amazed by the artistic ability exhibited by our young people. One of our nation’s future prominent artists may very well be growing up here in Ohio’s Tenth Congressional District. This contest is a great opportunity to encourage that talent. 

The 2014 Competition Information

Congressional Arts Competition 2014 student packet and release form can be found by clicking here.
Congressional Arts Competition 2014 teacher packet can be found by clicking here.

If you have any additional questions or are a home schooled student interested in participating, please contact my Dayton district office at (937) 225-2843.

2013 1st Place
Austin Hamlin

Austin Hamlin, Austin's Mother, and Congressman Mike Turner

The Past Winners of the Congressional Art Competition

2012 Selection

1st Place:
Travis Waller

2011 Selection

1st Place:
Alexander Reynolds

Grade 12, Stivers School for the Arts

2nd Place:
Jessica McLaughlin

Grade 12, Stivers School for the Arts

3rd Place:
Jordan Hetzer

Grade 12, Miami Valley Career Tech Center

Honorable Mentions
  • Zuri Ali, Grade 12, Stivers School for the Arts, “Encore”
  • Sherria Flournay, Grade 12, Stivers School for the Arts, “Self Portrait”
  • Evan Knudsen, Grade 12, Springboro High School, “The Dragonfly”
  • Mynoni Turner, Grade 12, Stivers School for the Arts, “What Was That?”
  • Holly Underwood, Grade 11, Valley View High School, “A Wrinkle in Time”
  • Travis James Walker, Grade 11, Stivers School for the Arts, “Color Me Yellow”

Thank You to our Judges:

  • Dwayne Daniel, Associate Professor of Art, Central State University
  • Kelly Joslin, Chairperson, Art Department/Associate Professor of Art, Sinclair Community College
  • Jeffrey C. Jones, Associate Professor of Art, University of Dayton

Myself, along with the winners of the Congressional Arts Competition (L-R: Jessica McLaughlin, Alexander Reynolds and Jordan Hetzer), being interviewed by WHIO's Jim Otte.