Congressional Art Exhibit at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

TUSCALOOSA, AL – Congresswoman Terri Sewell announces the 2016 Congressional Art Competition is now open to high school students from both public and private schools throughout the 7th Congressional District, as well as home-schooled high school students. The winner will receive free round-trip airfare for two to Washington, D.C. to attend an official reception honoring the winners from all the Congressional districts around the country. In addition, their artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The theme for this year’s competition is “An Artistic Discovery: Homegrown from the 7th Congressional District”.

To enter the contest, students must fill out and submit a Student Information & Release Form with their artwork by April 4, 2016.  All high school students from the 7th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their artwork to any of the Congresswoman’s District offices. For more information, please contact Congresswoman Sewell’s Tuscaloosa office at (205) 752-5380 or visit, to find the Student Release form and guidelines for the artwork. 

From April 19 through April 30, the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, AL will display all artwork submitted in the 7th Congressional Art Competition. Congresswoman Sewell will announce this year’s winner at a reception to be held at the center on April 30, 2016 at 11 a.m.  The winning artwork will also be featured on Congresswoman Sewell’s website and the website of the U.S. House of Representatives  

“Each year, the Congressional Art Competition serves as a platform for high school students across the 7th Congressional District to highlight their artistic talents.  It is critically important that we create opportunities that encourage and uplift the individual gifts of our children. Accordingly, I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa to showcase each student’s artwork,” said Rep. Sewell. 

As a proud product of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, the Congresswoman has seen first-hand the talent that the District holds. Each year she is immensely impressed with the outstanding submissions, and she is incredibly proud to have the winning artwork representing the 7th Congressional District in our nation’s Capital. To view the previous years’ winners, visit

What: 2016 Congressional Art Competition (Deadline is April 4, 2016)

When: Display of Artwork: April 19, 2016 through April 30, 2016

Reception Announcing Winning Submission: April 30, 2016 at 11A.M.

Where: Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

620 Greensboro Avenue

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Who: Open to high school students at public and private schools in the 7th Congressional District, as well as home-schooled high school students

Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) sits on the House Committee on Financial Services and the distinguished House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence charged with the oversight of our national security. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture, a key subcommittee on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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