Art Competition

The 2021 Congressional Art Competition for the 47th District is now under way.

Submissions are due no later than 5:00pm on Friday, April 30th.

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 - 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 an 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 will not be accepted. For more information on copyright laws, please click here.

Every participant must print out and complete an Information and Release form which can be downloaded by clicking here. Artwork cannot be accepted without an attached fully-completed release form. Due to social distancing requirements, a teacher's signature is NOT required on the release form.

You can find a full list of rules and regulations by clicking here and a checklist for your entry by clicking here.

The first-place winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. Second and third places winners have their work displayed prominently in my Washington, D.C. and district offices. Submissions will be accepted by emailing a high quality photograph of the artwork, and a signed student information and release form to no later than 5:00pm, Friday, April 30th.

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.

You can view a list of past winners by clicking here.