Art Competition

Now Accepting 2021 Submissions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office will be accepting submissions digitally.

All contestants must submit one high resolution photo of artwork and one photo showing the measurement of the longest side of your piece. Along with your photos, all submissions must include the student release form, available here. All materials must be emailed to with subject line lastname.firstname-submission by Thursday, April 29th, 2021 



Important 2021 Dates

  • April 29th - All contestant materials due.
  • May 7th - Winners will be contacted by our office.
  • TBD - The winners' artwork must be received in Somerville, NJ or Washington, D.C.
  • TBD - The Congressional Art Competition Reception

Proposed dates are subject to change.

Click here to view last year's winners.

Click here to view updated rules and regulations for 2020.

Questions? Please email with “Congressional Art Competition” in the subject line.


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 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.


Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

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

  • Photographs

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you visit the Scholastic website.

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.