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. 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, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 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. The winning artwork is also featured on Congressional Institute's Congressional Art Competition page.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we will now be accepting applications for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition digitally.
We request that students submit 2 images of their artwork along with the competition application found here. Submissions (artwork and completed applications) are due Monday, June 7, 2021 and must be emailed to Forms.MD04@mail.house.gov.
Once a winner is selected, we will make arrangements to receive the artwork. All artwork submissions must be two-dimensional, up to 26 inches by 26 inches, 4 inches in depth, not weigh more than 15 pounds including framing. and be original in concept, design, and execution.
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
- Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
- Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
- Collages: must be two dimensional
- Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
- Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Computer-generated art
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).
Should you have any questions, please contact Adam Spangler, Adam.Spangler@mail.house.gov in my District Office at 301.458.2600.
Click here to view the full art competition rules.
Click here for the art competition release form.