Art Competition

2021 Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery
Sponsored by Congressman Mike Turner, 10th Congressional District
Hosted by The Dayton Art Institute
Submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition have closed. This year’s number of participants in Ohio's 10th district totaled 122. Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, Abigail Withrow of Valley View High School and Avalynn Chaney and Lillyan Higgins of Stivers School for the Arts.   

All submissions for this year's competition can be found here.

2021 Congressional Art Competition Winners:

  • 1st Place:               Abigail Withrow (Grade 9)
“Unwavering Blissfulness”
Prisma Colored Pencils and Charcoal
Valley View High School
Teacher: Sarajane Steineker
  • 2nd Place:                 Avalynn Chaney (Grade 12)
“42nd St”
Acrylic, Colored Pencil, Pen
Stivers School for the Arts
Teacher: Liz Whipps
  • 3rd Place:              Lillyan Higgins: (Grade 12)
Sharpie, Ink
Stivers School for the Arts
Teacher: Liz Whipps


Competition Rules:

  • This competition is open to all high schoolers (grades 9 through 12).
  • The student must attend school that is within the 10th Congressional District.
  • Artwork is limited to one (1) entry per student.
  • Artwork must be two-dimensional.
  • The artwork must be hang ready (it can be matted or framed for display purposes if desired).
  • The hang-ready artwork must not exceed framed dimensions of 24”wide x 24”high x 4”deepto allow for potential reframing if chosen as the grand prize winner.
  • All artwork must be delivered/picked up by the teacher only at:
Dayton District Office                      
120 W Third St. Ste 305        
Dayton, Ohio 45402              
(937) 225-2843                      

History of the 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 who attend a school located 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.