Art Competition

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 our District. 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 is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page. Submissions are due by May 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 x 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep if framed, no larger than 26 x 26 if unframed, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. Students interested in participating in the Congressional Art Competition should submit a high resolution color photo of their artwork (front and back) via email to Va04ArtCompetition@mail.house.gov. Students should include their name, contact information (address, phone number, email, school, grade) and specifics about the art (title of piece and materials used for creation). 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
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. 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).

The rules, checklist, and release forms are available on this website.

If you would like more information on the Congressional Art Competition, you can submit the following form, send an email to VA04ArtCompetition@mail.house.gov or call Elizabeth Hardin at 804-486-1840.

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