Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide 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 participated in this creative competition.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the District. The overall 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 nationwide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” 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. We recognize that many students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form due to school closures. If they are unable to do so, they may indicate their teacher's support another way. For instance, when submitting the form, the student may attach an email from an art teacher certifying the artwork's originality.

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. In response to Governor Kemp’s shelter-in-place order, Congressman Hice announced that the 2020 Congressional Art Competition will be an online contest.

High school students in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District have until Monday, April 20th to submit a high-resolution photo of his or her artwork along with a signed student release form to Mark.Elliott@mail.house.gov. The entries will be posted on the Congressman’s Facebook page, and Georgia’s residents will vote for their favorite piece. The artwork receiving the most votes will represent the 10th District for one year in the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.



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