Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability. The winning piece of art from each Congressional district is displayed in an eleven-month exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol.
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 be framed before it arrives at Washington, D.C.. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Each student is allowed only one submission for the competition.
- 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
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 to Michelle.Nguyen@mail.house.gov:
- A scan or picture of your artwork
- A completed Student Release Form
- Please use the subject line: “[Full Name] Congressional Art Competition Submission”
The 2023 submission period has closed. The next submission period will reopen in January 2024. In addition to submitting the above information, you must also drop off your artwork at our Irvine district office with a physical copy of the release form taped to the back. You may drop it off any time from now until May. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, click here. You may also contact Michelle at Michelle.Nguyen@mail.house.gov with questions.
Please note that there is no theme for this year's competition.
We look forward to seeing the work of our talented high school artists!