Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to Rachel Joo for winning the 45th District's 2019 Congressional Art Contest with her piece "Togetherness." As she describes, "Strength lies in the ability of a community to come together in alignment and unity during both the good and bad times. ... [M]ore than ever, the United States should strengthen under one flag and unite efforts so as to reflect togetherness rather than separation of burdens apparent within America."

Representative Porter selected the theme “Strength in Community” for the 2019 Congressional Art Contest.

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, 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.

  • 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).

Students intending to participate should bring their artwork to Rep. Porter's Irvine office during normal business hours. The deadline for submission is typically in April.

The winner of the competition usually receives two round-trip tickets to Washington, DC and is invited to attend a reception in Washington, DC to be held in June. This year, all participants, their families, and members of the community were invited to an awards ceremony hosted by Rep. Porter, which took place in early May.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines and rules click here. You may also email Karen Cohn at

We are looking forward to seeing “Strength in Community” interpreted by our talented High School artists.

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