JUNE 1 – JULY 31, 2021

Annual Competition Sponsored by Congressman David Trone 
Showcases Art by High School Students from Maryland's 6th District

BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present a virtual exhibition featuring artworks entered by high school students from Maryland’s 6th Congressional District who participated in the Congressional Art Competition 2021. The annual competition, sponsored by Congressman David Trone, underscores the importance of visual arts education in high schools and showcases the artistic talents of students from our district.  


Each year the Congressional Institute and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a visual arts competition to recognize, encourage and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the nation’s high school students. The winning artwork from each congressional district will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year.


This year’s annual Congressional Art Competition for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, represented by Congressman David Trone, was open to all high school students who live or attend a high school in the district. Students submitted entries to the representative’s office and a panel of artists and arts professionals from the district were the judges who helped to select the winners.


The winning artwork from Maryland’s 6th District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside other winning artworks from all participating districts from around the country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Congressional Art Competition was held virtually this year. The winning artwork will also be featured on the Congressional Art Competition page on the U.S. House of Representatives website.


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COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: All images are the property of individual artists and are protected by copyright. No image can be used for any purpose without the written permission of the artist.


Congressman David Trone was elected in 2018 to serve Maryland's Sixth Congressional District, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties. David serves on the House Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs Committees and the Joint Economic Committee, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, mental health, and funding for medical research.

David grew up on a chicken and hog farm with his mother, a grade school teacher, and his father, a WWII veteran and member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Though the family lost the farm to bankruptcy, David was given an opportunity through education. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Furman University and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of Business by taking out student loans.

It was in graduate school that he met his wife, June, and opened his first store selling soda and beer. Through a lot of hard work and good fortune, that single store grew into a business with more than 200 stores in 27 states and 10,000 employees nationwide - 650 of whom are in Montgomery County in Maryland. It is this expertise in business and management that David brings to his time in Congress. David lives in Montgomery County with his wife June. They have four children: Michelle, Julie, Natalie, and Rob, and two dogs: Lyndon and Hubert.




The Congressional Institute is proud to sponsor the Congressional Art Competition. The annual competition celebrates the artistic achievements of the nation’s high school students. Each Member of Congress may choose to host the program in their individual districts. Many offices ask a panel of local artists, such as artists-in-residence, art teachers, gallery owners, to act as judges.


The winning artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year. The tunnel is the most highly traveled access point between the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Capitol. Every day, Members of Congress, distinguished visitors, and tens of thousands of tourists, from the United States and abroad, walk through the tunnel and admire the artwork.

The competition is now in its 40th year and more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Each year, a Republican and Democratic Member of the House are selected to serve as Co-Chairs. The 2021 competition is co-chaired by Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY). The competition is truly bipartisan, and one of the highlights of the congressional calendar.

The Congressional Institute has sponsored the art competition since 2009. Each congressional office is responsible for getting the winning artwork to Washington, DC, and the Congressional Institute facilitates the process of handing the pieces over to the Architect of the Capitol’s Office for hanging. The Institute also oversees the annual awards ceremony, which features a prominent artist from the district of each congressional co-chair. The winning artist from each district is invited to attend the awards ceremony with one parent or guardian. It is their first opportunity to see their artwork displaying in the Cannon Tunnel.

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