Kilili announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Apr 3, 2017

Marianas Variety - U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan is once again inviting high school students in the Northern Mariana Islands to join the annual Congressional Art Competition.

The winner of the Marianas contest will have her or his artwork on display at the Capitol for one year, along with the works of students from the nation’s 441 congressional districts.

“The Congressional Art Competition was created by Congress in 1982 to encourage high school students with a passion for the visual arts to develop and showcase their talents,” Congressman Sablan said.

“In 2017, we mark the 9th year of Marianas students participating in this national art project. I look forward to seeing many more examples of the outstanding abilities of our young artists this year, once again,” he added. Sablan is a member of the Arts Caucus in the House of Representatives.  

The Congressional Art Competition is open to high school students from grades 9 through 12. The contest is free to join, and there is no specific theme. Artwork may be submitted to the congressional district offices on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota starting Monday, April 3 until Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m.

Artwork must be two-dimensional, and no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame. Framed pieces should weigh not more than 15 pounds. Accepted mediums include: paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor, etc.); drawings (colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal); prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints); mixed media; collages; computer-generated art; and photographs. Each entry must be in the original medium and must be original in concept, design, and execution.

Submissions will be judged based on originality, technical difficulty, creativity, communication, effectiveness, and overall appearance. A panel of local artists will select the winning entry.

Previous Marianas art competition winners have been: Christian Montiveros (2016, Marianas High School); Kathy He (2015, Marianas High School); Su Jeong Kim (2014, Marianas High School); Krisna Balolong (2013, Marianas High School); Hannah Alcordo (2012, Marianas High School); Brian Jose Obaldo Deleon Guerrero (2011, Marianas High School); Aaron Tomokane (2010, Kagman High School); and Rosanna Camacho (2009, Marianas High School).

Contest guidelines and student release forms are available at For more information, contact the congressional office at 323-2647 or