Art Competition

The 2021 Competition Is Now Completed

Representative Malinowski has announced the winners of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. This annual event is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation. The competition is open to all high school students in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional district and remained in a digital format this year in response to COVID-19 pandemic. Winners were selected by a panel of leaders within our local art community. The 2021 winners are:

1st Place: Claire Downey, Hunterdon Central Regional High School – Chains of Fate
2nd Place: Angela Xu, Bridgewater-Raritan High School – A Cat’s Curiosity
Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Ye, Hillsborough High School – Constant Change

The first-place winner’s work will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol as well as on Congressman Malinowski’s website and social media pages. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from contest winners nation-wide. The second-place honoree will have their artwork displayed in the Congressman’s office. This competition was open to all high school students in the 7th Congressional district.



Click here to view past year's winners.

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.