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Gabbard Announces Details for Congressional Art Competition

February 14, 2019, 8:27 AM HST
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Each spring, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sponsors the Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition, which is open to all high school students grades 9 to 12 in Hawai’i’s 2nd Congressional District. This competition is a part of the larger, nationwide Congressional Art Competition.

The winning artwork is displayed in the US capitol for one year, along with winning artwork from participating districts around the country. The piece will also be featured on the Congressional Art Competition webpage. The second-place piece will be displayed for one year in Gabbard’s Washington DC office, and the third-place piece will be displayed in Gabbard’s Hawai’i District office.

The deadline to submit an entry to the competition is Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Digital files of 2D artwork must be submitted through the competition submission formOnly one submission is allowed per student. Artists are being asked to enter all of the information in the form carefully to ensure that competition organizers place the correct names on exhibit labels, certificates, and awards.  

The digital image file specifications are listed below:

  • JPG Files:  JPG files should be captured by a high-resolution camera.
  • Image Size:  Each JPG file must be at least 1500 by 2100 pixels
  • Image Quality:  300 dpi
  • File Size:  Each JPG file should be at least 1 megabyte but no greater than 10 megabytes.
  • Save File as:  CON_Grade_School_Student Last Name_First Name_Media_Title.jpg

Judges will select which pieces will qualify for the semi-final round on Saturday, March 9. Teachers will be notified of the selections shortly after. These pieces will be installed  at the Hawai’i State Capitol on Saturday, April 20 for the Art Exhibition at the Hawai’i State Capitol. Students from O’ahu schools need to drop off their artwork at the capitol (basement level) that day between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or at Rep. Gabbard’s district office before Friday, April 19. Rep. Gabbard’s office is located in the Prince Kūhiō Federal Bldg at 300 Ala Moana Blvd, Room 5-104. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and requires an ID for security access.


Students from neighbor island schools must request a prepaid shipping label by Friday, April 12 by emailing Anya at [email protected]. The email must include the name of the student’s school, a ship from/return address, contact information for the student’s teacher (name, phone number, and email address), the artwork’s weight in pounds and dimensions (L x W x H), and a description of the piece (the amount of pieces inside, if congressional or YAM, etc.).


The Art Exhibition at the Hawai’i State Capitol will be help from Monday, April 22 to Saturday, May 11 in the basement level. An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hawai’i State Capitol Auditorium, which is also located on the basement level.

Below is a list of competition rules and guidelines:


  1. A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism
  2. 2019 Rules for Students and Teachers
  3. 2019 Student Release Form – must be completed/signed and submitted with entry
  4. 2019 Art Competition Submission Form

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two-dimensional
  • Be no larger than 26 inches high,  26 inches wide, and 4 inches thick when matted/framed
  • Weigh no more than 15 pounds (when matted/framed)
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
    • All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any US copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.
  • Work entered must be in the original medium, that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing.

Acceptable Mediums for the two-dimensional (2D) artwork:

  • Paintings – oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings – colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Prints – lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media – use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Collages (must be two dimensional).
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Anyone with questions regarding the Kaha Ki’i Congressional Art Competition can contact Anya at [email protected] or call (808) 541-1986.

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