Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute and facilited by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 23rd District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and weigh no more than 15 pounds, framed. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

A high resolution image of the artwork must be submitted with the appropriate forms between April 30 through May 4, 2018, via email by 11:59PM CST. Late submissions or submissions without the appropriate forms will not be accepted.

Congressional Art Competition 2019 Timeline:

April 29 through May 3 – Accepting art submissions

A photograph of the artwork must be submitted electronically via email, with all attached paperwork, by 11:59PM on Friday, May 3

May 8 – Winner will be announced!

May 8 – Student’s information will be submitted for travel arrangements

May 12 – Student’s artwork sent to Washington, D.C. (no later than May 24)

June 24 – Winners’ Reception in Washington, D.C.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, contact Stacy Arteaga by phone at (210) 921-3130 or by email at

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