Congressional Arts Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28” x 28” x 4”, including the frame. The art work may be

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

To access a student release form click here, for the competition guidelines click here. Please note that we will accept no more than 10 entries per school. Also, please note the following dates. Entries are due to one of our district offices by Thursday, March 24th: 

  • 100 Court St., Monroe, GA 30655
  • 3015 Heritage Rd., Suite 6, Milledgeville, GA 31061
  • 211 Railroad St., City-County Administration (Rm 2401), Thomson, GA 30824

Additionally, I will host a district ceremony on Saturday, April 23rd at Georgia Square Mall for all participating students. At this event, I will announce the 2016 district winner and present awards for the top prizes. We hope you’ll join us.