U.S. CONGRESSMANALAN LOWENTHALServing California's 47th District

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2017 Congressional District Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 47th 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.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) by up to 4 inches in depth (and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds). The art work may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

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.


All entries must be submitted on or before the tentative date of Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to the district office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal located at:
100 West Broadway, West Tower, Suite 600 | Long Beach, CA 90802.

Each student must submit her/his art mounted on white or black mounting board. Each piece of submitted art must be accompanied by an Entry/Release Form, which must be completed and attached to the back of the art. You can download a copy of the Entry/Release Form by clicking here.

Please note that the 47th Congressional District Art Competition Committee reserves the right to refuse art work that does not comply with art competition rules and guidelines. You can view the complete 2017 rules by clicking here.

For additional information, please contact my district office at (562) 436-3828.

Capitol Hill Office

Washington, DC
125 Cannon HOB
(House Office Building)
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-7924
Fax: (202) 225-7926

Hours: 9am - 6pm EST

LA County Office

Long Beach
100 W. Broadway
West Tower Suite 600
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: (562) 436-3828
Fax: (562) 437-6434

Hours: 9am - 5pm PST

Orange County Office

Garden Grove
12865 Main Street
Suite 200
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Opening in Sept. 2017