Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 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 from the Congressional Art Competition winners of each Congressional District in the country are featured along a hallway that leads to the Capitol Building. Members of Congress are able to see the work of our nation’s top youth artists on an almost daily basis.|
Art from the Congressional Art Competition winners of each Congressional District in the country are featured along a hallway that leads to the Capitol Building. Members of Congress are able to see the work of our nation’s top youth artists on an almost daily basis.
Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches and may be up to 4 inches in depth (including the frame). The art work may be
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
- Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media
- Computer Generated Art
All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.
CLICK HERE to view the official guidelines for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition
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.