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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating Members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students currently living in the First 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 26” x 26” x 4”, entries may include:

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

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

Each student must submit a typed 2021 Student Information & Release Form  with his or her entry.

2021 Rules And Regulations

Congressional Art Competition Website

To enter, please email a photo of submissions to

All artwork must be submitted no later than April 23rd, 2021. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my Staff Assistant, Shannon, with any questions you may have.  You can call the office at 202-225-4261 or e-mail Shannon at I look forward to seeing all of the submissions!