Each spring, a nationwide high school art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. An Artistic Discovery contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in our congressional district, as well as the nation.

An Artistic Discovery contest is open to all high school students in the 4th Congressional District. The overall winner of our district's competition will be displayed for about one year in the U.S. Capitol and will receive two round-trip airfare tickets to attend a reception in D.C. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide. Prizes may be awarded.

Artwork entered in the contest must be two-dimensional artwork that, when framed, will be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” deep with a maximum weight of 15 pounds. No glass is allowed. Work must be ready to hang. It does not have to be framed but should be frame-ready (e.g. matted). The artwork 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
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Work cannot be copied from an existing photo or image that was created by someone other than the student. Work must be in its original medium and cannot be a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing.

Artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in the Capitol will not be considered. This determination will be made by a panel. Exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature will not be allowed.

Learn More
If you would like more information, please call (316) 262-8992 or email roger.erickson@mail.house.gov.

Art Show and Awards Reception
All submissions will be on display at Mark Arts in Wichita April 15 to May 28. A reception was held Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m.

2022 Congressional Art Competition – Final Results
1st Place – Jacob Espinoza, "The Bouquet," Mixed Media, Wichita High School East
2nd Place – Haley Wyckoff, "Hands of a Fisherman," Pencil, Arkansas City High School
3rd Place – Taylor Sutton, "Danica's Cow," Painting, Flinthills High School

Honorable Mentions:
Madeleine Albert, "Deceitful Guidance," Mixed Media, Wichita Collegiate School
Madeleine Albert, "Disentanglement," Mixed Media, Wichita Collegiate School
Lily Conrad, "Phoenix," Painting, Wichita Collegiate School
Kayla Estrada, "Confined," Pencil, Arkansas City High School
Molly Ha, "Paro," Digital, Wichita High School East
Raegan Lefevre, "Portrait of a Young Woman," Photograph, Goddard High School
Isabelle Maida, "Lecture," Painting, Wichita High School East
Jocelyn Moran-Puentes, "Morning Night," Mixed Media, Wichita High School West
Ellie Schulte, "Linked for Life," Photograph, Wichita Collegiate School
Addison Smith, "Gas Station," Colored Pencil, Andover Central High School
Hannah Wiebe, "Record Player," Marker, Goddard High School
Corissa Wiles, "Still Moments," Photograph, Goddard High School

People's Choice (as determined by votes during the April 23 awards reception):
Brooklyn Hicks, "You did it!," Mixed Media, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
Kelsey Smith, "Overgrown," Colored Pencil, Smith's Homeschool

2022 Congressional Art Competition Winning Pieces (click for details, scroll for more)



2021 Congressional Art Competition – Final Results
1st Place – Hadley Colquhoun, "2020," Pencil, Arkansas City High School
2nd Place – Rebekah Reed, "The Gatekeeper," Pencil, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
3rd Place – Madeleine Albert, "Insanity, Meet Vulnerability," Mixed Media, Wichita Collegiate School

Honorable Mentions:
Ayah Al-Tabbal, "Glow Stick," Photograph, Wichita Collegiate School
Amelia Beck, "Peering into the Soul," Mixed Media, Wichita Heights High School
Kiyla Davis, "Annalynn," Painting, Campus High School
Camryn DeVore, "Floral Contrast," Painting, Cheney High School
Isiah Edison, "Earth’s Complexion," Colored Pencil, Hesston High School
Mara Howes, "8 Face," Acrylic Painting, Wichita East High School
Paola Montejano, "Afraid," Photograph, Wichita East High School
Taylor Sutton, "Grandma Gertrude," Pencil, Flint Hills High School

People's Choice (as determined by "faves" in the Flickr gallery by April 22, 2021):
Amelia Beck, "Peering into the Soul," Mixed Media, Wichita Heights High School

View the winning pieces on Facebook.

2020 Winners and Online Gallery
In 2020, students from across the District submitted their artwork in the Congressional Art Competition. Winners were announced on Thursday, May 28, at 5 p.m. on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. View all 2020 entries on our online gallery here.

2020 Congressional Art Competition – Final Results 
1st – Amy Baber, "Jade," Oil, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School 
2nd – Anahi Ticum, "I'shim," Acrylic, Wichita Northwest High School 
3rd – Ayah Al-Tabbal, "Bubble," Photography, Wichita Collegiate School 
 
Honorable Mention 
Madeleine Albert, "Heartbreak is Beautiful," Mixed Media, Wichita Collegiate School 
Amy Baber, "Saturated Soul," Oil, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School 
Leah Bowlby, "Fly," Ink, South Haven High School 
Hadley Colquhoun, "Green," Pencil, Arkansas City High School 
Hadley Colquhoun, "Hands," Pencil, Arkansas City High School 
Kelsey Smith, "Sunflower Sunshine," Colored Pencil, Smith's Homeschool 
Peyton Williams, "Self Portrait," Pencil, Arkansas City High School 
 
People's Choice (as determined by "faves" in the Flickr gallery by May 12, 2020) 
Erin Henry, "The Portrait of a Singer," Pencil, Sunrise Christian Academy 





Stay Connected

Use the form below to sign up for my newsletter and get the latest news and updates directly to your inbox.