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Rose Seeks Congressional Art Competition Entries from High School Students

‘Salute to Public Servants’ theme seeks to honor all those who work to make Staten Island and South Brooklyn a better place

Staten Island, March 5, 2020
Tags: Education

Congressman Max Rose is asking high school students who reside or attend school in New York’s 11th Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. The theme of this year’s competition is “Salute to Public Servants.” Students are asked to submit artwork that honors those who serve the community.


“The Congressional Art Competition is a chance to show the entire country what Staten Island and South Brooklyn are all about,” Rose said. “The first thing I want people to know about out district when they see us represented in the halls of the Capitol is the way we respect our public servants. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our teachers, firefighters, soldiers, cops, paramedics, and everyone else who devotes their time and lives to making Staten Island and South Brooklyn a better place. I look forward to seeing how our students will put their talents to work honoring the heroes amongst us.”


Students are asked to submit their artwork by Monday, April 13th, 2020 to the Congressman’s District Office at 265 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, N.Y. 10306.


Rose will then pick one winner, whose artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, and two runners-up which will be displayed in his Washington and District offices. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to the nation’s capital to attend the Congressional Art Competition Reception with winners from across the country. Winners will also be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Artwork must be two-dimensional, and can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. Accepted mediums include:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: Colored pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal
  • Collages: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs


Last year’s winning submission will replace Susan Wagner High School student and 2019 winner Autumn Ferrer’s picture of the Postcards 9/11 Memorial overlooking the Tower of Freedom, which has been hanging in the United States Capitol for the past year. Last year’s runners-up were:


Washington D.C. Office:

  • My Island by Samantha Spector, a 10th grader from The Michael J. Petrides School.
    • An acrylic/oil painting of the Staten Island Ferry on an overcast day.


Staten Island District Office:

  • Brandon Series by Jillian Giraud, a 12th grader at Susan E. Wagner High School.
    • A digital photograph of Brandon, her friend with disabilities, portraying Brandon’s joy of life.


Brooklyn District Office:

  • Freedom in the City by Diego Martinez, a 12th grader of The David Maqrquis School of the Arts.
    • A pencil sketch of the Freedom Tower in New York City.


For more information on submission requirements, students can visit the Congressman’s website or call the District Office at (718) 667-3313.