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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Art Competition Guidelines


This is an annual juried competition for high school art students in the 4th Congressional District of Colorado and is organized and sponsored by Congressman Ken Buck. The art will be exhibited from Saturday April 1 through Sunday April 23, 2017. The winning artwork will be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year (the picture at the right is the winning entry from 2016).

This competition is open to high school students (grades 9-12) from schools in the 4th Congressional District (students who attend school in another congressional district are eligible to enter this competition if they live in the 4th Congressional District). One art entry per student is allowed.

Artwork must be two-dimensional, and when framed, no larger than 24 inches by 24 inches, no more than 4 inches deep, no more than 15 lbs in weight and within the following categories for acceptance into the show:

  • Painting -watercolor, oil & acrylics
  • Drawings -pencil, colored pencil, markers, ink, pastels and charcoal.
  • Mixed Media -use of two or more medium’s such as pencil, ink etc.
  • Computer Generated Art -original computer generated images.
  • Photography -can include some computer editing as long as the integrity of the piece remains intact.


Each entry must be an original concept: The entry may not be a reproduction of an image from a third party’s work in the same or any other medium; the work may not infringe upon the rights of any third party; the work may not violate the U.S. Copyright Laws.

The artwork must be framed for the competition and show: Because the entire weight of the art piece will be hung from a center point, framed art must have a sturdy wire hanging mechanism. If art is chosen for the grand prize, the winner must protect their work with a Plexiglas or glass frame. The winner will receive further instruction regarding their artwork after the awards ceremony.

If the artwork is abstract in design, please indicate on the back side which side is up with arrows.

The art work has to have been created in the school year 2016-2017.

If the student does not want to sale their art work, please have them label it as NFS (Not For Sale) on the student form.

We reserve the right to refuse any entries that are deemed inappropriate.

Artwork Entry Form: Please PRINT LEGIBLY or type and include all contact info possible.


Submission Guidelines

Each student must fill out the Student Information and Release form to enter the competition. Students may fax, email, or mail them back to Congressman Ken Buck's office no later than Friday, March 24, 2017. 

Fax Number: 720-639-9134
Attention: Robin Coran, Congressional Art Director
Office of Congressman Ken Buck
900 Castleton Rd. Suite 112
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104

We will make special arrangements to pick up art work for schools in outer counties of the district. Please contact Robin Coran to make arrangements at 720-639-9165/720-320-4432.


March 24 Student Release Forms must be submitted by fax (720-639-9134), email (, or mail (900 Castleton Rd. Suite 112, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104).
March 27-29 Deliver Artwork to Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. 
March 31 Closed Judging of artwork
April 14 Awards Ceremony at Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. 
April 1-April 23 Congressional Art Competition Exhibit 2017.
April 24-26 Artwork Pick-up


*All dates in the year 2017.


Please direct any questions to Robin Coran, the Congressional Art Director.
Office: 720-639-9165
Cell: 720-320-4432

If you are an art instructor who would like to be added to our contact list for competition updates, please send Robin the best contact info to reach you by phone and email.