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 the nation, as well as in our congressional district.
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. Other 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
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.
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, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition and to receive the full rules and the Student Information and Release Form, please submit the following form.