West Virginia State Museum Education

Current, Upcoming and Past Exhibitions

2021 Congressional Youth Art Competition


The 2021 Congressional Art Exhibition is currently on display as of April 9, 2021 in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center. The exhibition will be on display until June 7, 2021. The winners will be announced at a later date, as the Department of Arts, Culture and History is working to hopefully have an award ceremony possible to honor the students that received awards. There are 112 entries submitted this year, and ALL entries that were sent in were included in this years exhibit. The exhibit is open to the public during normal Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 9AM until 5PM and does not require a scheduled tour to see. Additionally, there will be an online photo exhibit coming soon.

Once a decision has been made concerning the award ceremony, teachers of students that received awards will be notified. If there are any questions, please contact Cailin Howe by phone (304)-558-0220, ext. 128 or Cailin.A.Howe@wv.gov

Future Congressional Art Exhibitions

The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions will be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus. The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) will host an arts workshop and awards ceremony at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The awards ceremony is includes light refreshments. The winning artwork will hang in the United States Capitol.

Submitted artwork can be in any one of the following categories: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer generated and photography. Each entry must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Each student can submit up to two entries.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each piece of artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Each entrant must submit a student information and release form with a teacher’s signature. Students can get entry forms with a complete list of rules and guidelines from their school’s art teacher(s), or by contacting Cailin Howe, WVDACH exhibits coordinator, at (304) 558-0220 or Cailin.A.Howe@wv.gov.

See Past Congressional Art Exhibitions from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History

Congressional Art 2017

Congressional Art 2019

Congressional Art 2018

Congressional Art 2017

Congressional Art 2016

Congressional Art 2015

Congressional Art 2014

Congressional Art 2013

For more past exhibits and events, feel free to search the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History's Exhibits and Exhibitions Zenfolio page.