SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Ready, set, draw! Art students from high schools across Illinois Senate District 58 are encouraged to apply to Senator Paul Schimpf’s “Celebrate the State” Illinois Bicentennial Art Competition. The contest opened on Thursday, Feb. 15 and runs through April 24.
Participating students are encouraged to create an original piece of artwork featuring what Illinois pride and culture means to them. The contest is a way for students to recognize the significance of Illinois’ Bicentennial celebration and exhibit pride for the State of Illinois.
“Art competitions educate and inspire our youth,” said Schimpf. “The arts open the door to creativity and confidence and are proven to enhance students’ academic performance.”
The 2018 “Celebrate the State” Illinois Bicentennial Art Competition is open to high school students only. All applicants must attend school in the Senate District 58.
- Artwork must be two-dimensional
- Artwork can be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep
- Artwork should weigh no more than five pounds
- Artwork DOES NOT need to be framed (framing is optional)
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork:
- Mixed media
Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate United States copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image 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.
Click here for a complete list of rules and entry packet.
Students will have the chance to showcase their pieces at a gallery display in the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, beginning April 29. A panel of judges consisting of representatives from various arts organizations from across Dist. 58 will select the top entries. Contest winners will then be announced on Tuesday, May 1, during a reception at the capitol.
The art belonging to the first place winner, as well as the first and second runners up will go on display in Sen. Schimpf’s capitol office for the remainder of the year. Additionally, honorable mention pieces will go on display in one of the senator’s district offices in Murphysboro or Mt. Vernon.
Parents and participating students who have questions about the contest can contact Karri Nichols via email at
email@example.com or by phone at 618-242-8115. Click here for a complete list of rules and entry packet.
“This art competition is a great way to provide a new generation of aspiring artists a chance to earn valuable experience and recognition,” said Schimpf. “I look forward to seeing the inspiring work our district’s students will create to showcase their pride for the great State of Illinois.”
About Senator Paul Schimpf
Sen. Schimpf took the Oath of Office during the Inauguration of the 100th General Assembly, Jan. 11, 2017 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The 58th Senate District includes all or parts of Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington and Union Counties and represents more than 220,000 Illinois citizens. Discover more at senatorschimpf.com and find him on Facebook.