Sewell announces district-wide art competition

Published 11:09 pm Friday, March 29, 2024

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U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Selma) has announced that her office is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to high school students from both public and private schools throughout Alabama’s 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 congressional districts across the nation. The winner’s artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The deadline to submit artwork is Friday, April 26.

This year’s theme is “Alabama Story Makers: The Historic People and Places of the Cotton State.” 

To enter the contest, students must fill out and submit a Student Information and Release Form with their artwork by Friday, April 26. Students should deliver their submission to one of Sewell’s district offices located in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. Students can also bring their submissions to school and call 334-262-1919 for pick up. 

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Artwork may be up to 26 inches high by 26 inches wide by four inches deep. For more information, contact Sewell’s Montgomery Office at 334-262-1919 or visit her official website at

A proud product of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, Sewell has witnessed firsthand the talent that Alabama’s 7th Congressional 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 America’s nation’s capital.

Last year’s winners were:

  • 1st Place – “A Glimpse Into The Future” by Perri Payne, 11th grader at Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa;
  • 2nd Place – “Southern Roots” by Onda McKnight, eighth grader at the Capitol School in Tuscaloosa;
  • 3rd Place – “Serenity” by Isabella Dennison, 11th grader at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery; and
  • Honorable Mention – “The City Through My Eyes” by Laila Gray, 11th grader at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa.