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Art Competition

UPDATE (April 30, 2020): The deadline to submit artwork for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition is now May 28, 2020. Artwork must be submitted virtually by teachers or school personnel, not by students themselves. Details below:

Each spring, a nation-wide 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. Since it began in 1982, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the competition.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students. The over-all winner of our district's competition will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.


Art entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. 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

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution an dmay not violate U.S. copyright laws. Work cannot be copied from an existing photo or image that was created by someone other than the student. Work must be in its original medium and cannot be a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing. Artwork that is potentially inappopriate for dispaly in the Capitol will not be considered. This determination will be made by a panel.

Additional guidelines can be found here.

To Enter

The deadline for the artwork to be submitted is Thursday, May 28, 2020.

A photograph of the artwork must be submitted virtually, along with a student release form, to

- The student release form can be found here.

The submissions will need to be made by teachers or school personnel, not students themselves. Teachers are not required to sign the student's release form, as their email submitting the form and the artwork will serve as their authorization. Submissions will be judged by an independent committee and winners will be announced on June 4. Once winners are selected, artwork will need to be collected from the school to then be displayed.

Learn More

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact my Concord District Office at (704) 786-1612.