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 House.gov'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 May 25th, 2020 and June 1st, 2020, via email by 11:59PM CST. Late submissions or submissions without the appropriate forms will not be accepted.

Congressional Art Competition 2020 Timeline:

May 25th through June 1st – Accepting art submissions

A photograph of the artwork must be submitted electronically via email, with all attached paperwork, by 12:00 PM on Monday, June1st, 2020. 

Winner announced: June 5th

People’s Choice Award (social media): June 8th

Artwork sent: June 10th

Winners reception: July 22nd

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, contact Michael Mohr-Ramirez by email at Michael.MohrRamirez@mail.house.gov.

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