U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) invites high school students residing in the Third Congressional District of Texas to participate in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition – An Artistic Discovery. Teachers must inform Johnson’s Plano office of student participation by Monday, April 1. The winning piece will be sent to Washington, D.C., to hang on display in the corridor of the United States Capitol for one full year.

“The creativity, originality, and talent of our Third District high school students never cease to amaze me,” said Johnson, “and I can’t wait to see what the students have in store for us this year.”

To participate, students – whether enrolled in public, private or home schools – should obtain and submit a release form and application to Johnson’s district office. Students must then submit their original artwork by Friday, April 12. All artwork must be original in concept, design, and execution, not reproduced from any existing work. Pieces must be two-dimensional, no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame), and no more than 4 inches in depth.

Students may take their pieces directly to Johnson’s Plano office or teachers may contact Lauren Johnston at lauren.johnston@mail.house.gov or 469-304-0382 to schedule an artwork pick-up date and time.


On Thursday, May 2, Johnson will host an art exhibition open to the general public to showcase the creativity and talent of all the participants residing in the Third District. At the event, all the submitted artwork will be on display, the finalists will be announced, and prizes will be awarded. Johnson will release more information regarding this event as the date approaches. Additionally, towards the end of April, entries will be displayed on Johnson’s website for the community to participate in the annual People’s Choice Award competition. The public will be able to view the artwork online and vote on their favorite work to receive the People’s Choice Award.


•  April 1: Schools must inform Johnson’s local office of student participation.

•  April 12: Students must submit artwork by close of business.

•  May 2: Johnson hosts local art exhibition, where winner is announced and prizes awarded.

Additional information can be found in the “Info for Students” section on Johnson’s website: samjohnson.house.gov. Johnson represents the majority of Collin County, including McKinney, Allen, Frisco and Plano.