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, more than 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.

All entries must be matted with the student's name and school labeled on the back and original in concept and design.  The deadline for submission to the Congressman’s office is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26" x 26" x 4", including the frame.  The artwork 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

We recognize that many students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form due to virtual learning. 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. Student release forms should be emailed to Mark.Elliott@mail.house.gov by the submission deadline. Please note that we will accept no more than 10 entries per school. 



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