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 Virginia's 4th Congressional District regardless of where they attend school. If you are unsure of your congressional district, you may check your address here.
Due to space limitations, students may not submit more than one piece of art. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork will also be featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
To be considered for any awards of scholarships, entries must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, to one of my district offices.*
110 N. Robinson Street, Suite 403
Richmond, VA 23220
131 N. Saratoga Street, Suite B
Suffolk, VA 23434
*Due to the possibility of last minute district events and scheduling changes, the student/parent/teacher is advised to call ahead to arrange a drop-off time with district staff. Please do not leave your artwork unattended.
Artwork entered in the contest must be framed and ready to hang with measurements no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” and may not weigh more than 15 pounds, including the frame. Your artwork will be moved over the course of the 2019 competition and this is to protect your submission from damage. For the 4th District competition, a discount store frame is acceptable. Our office will work with the winner to ensure that the winning piece is framed in accordance with Congressional Art Competition guidelines for display in the U. S. Capitol.
The following are permitted for consideration:
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
- Collages - 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
All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Entries must be submitted with the typed 2019 Congressional Art Competition Student Information & Release Form attached to the back with the appropriate student, parent/guardian, and teacher signatures. The artists must certify that this is their original work. For additional information on copyright and plagiarism, please click here.
Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). With the exception of the winning entry which will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, all artwork will be released to the student or their designee at the end of the June 1st awards ceremony. Artists who are unable to attend will arrange for pickup of their artwork by June 10th.
Students, their families, and teachers are urged to save the date, Saturday, June 1, 2019, for an exhibit, reception, and awards ceremony in Richmond- time and location TBA.
With the exception of the winning entry which will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, all artwork will be released to the student or their designee at the end of the June 1st awards ceremony. Artists who are unable to attend will arrange for pickup of their artwork by June 10th at the district office where they submitted their piece for consideration in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.
Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Hardin at 804-486-1840 or Elizabeth.Hardin@mail.house.gov