Congressional Art Competition

Since 1982, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the Congressional Art Competition. This competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of high school students within California’s 47th Congressional District.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

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, D.C., framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

  • 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
  • Photography

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).

Each student must fill out the Student Release Form and attach it to their submission email.

Students wanting to participate must submit the following:

  1. A scan or picture of your artwork
  2. A completed Student Release Form
  3. Please use the subject line: “[Full Name] Congressional Art Competition Submission”

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, including this year's deadlines and rules, click here. You may also contact Michelle Nguyen at with questions. 

We look forward to seeing the work of our talented high school artists!

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