LA CROSSE -- All high school students in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District can enter the Congressional Art Competition.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and encourage students’ artistic talent. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

The first place entry will hang for a year in the U.S. Capitol along with the works of other student artists from across the country. The second place entry will be displayed in Kind’s Washington office, and the third and fourth place pieces will be displayed in Kind’s La Crosse and Eau Claire offices.

The submission deadline is April 16, and only one entry is allowed per student. Accepted media for the two-dimensional artwork are:

• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal. (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)

• 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.

Due to COVID-19, art submissions for the 2021 contest must be made virtually. To learn more about rules, guidelines, and how to enter, students should visit kind.house.gov/2021-congressional-art-competition.