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The Capitol Centennial Commission’s K-12 Art and Essay Competition

In celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, the State Capitol Commemorative Commission has established an art and essay contest to honor the historic site. Building on the tradition of the thousands of schoolchildren who visit the building each spring, K-12 students are invited to participate in the contest by submitting an essay or piece of artwork that captures the meaning and value of the Capitol building to our state. The submission requirements for the art pieces and essays are as follows:

  • Art pieces should be two-dimensional, made of non-breakable material, no larger than 24 inches by 30 inches, and mountable to a board or on a canvas attached to a wooden frame (art pieces will be displayed on an easel).
  • Essays should be no longer than one page in length and either typed or written legibly.
  • Each contest submission should include the participant’s name and grade, the participant’s teacher and school, and the contact information for said school.
  • Submissions should be addressed as follows:

Wisconsin State Senate Chief Clerk
c/o Dr. Tammy Wehrle
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Entries can be submitted as early as September 1, but no later than October 13, 2017. The commemorative commission will select one essay winner and one art piece winner for each grade, to be displayed on the first floor of the State Capitol from November 9 to November 30. The winning entries will also be recognized by Governor Scott Walker and retained by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Please visit the 100th anniversary webpage for additional information on the Commemorative Commission and the State Capitol building.

18 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882  (608) 266-7513, (800) 662-1227