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 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 works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. The art work may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

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.

Some important notes as we approach the 2020 competition: 

• Art deadline is Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5 pm ET

• Note: if the student lives in the district, they are welcome to participate. The school may be in or out of the district, but the student needs to reside in the 11th Congressional District to be eligible.

Please refer to the following forms for more information: 


  • 2020 Rules & Regulations for Students and Teachers

  • 2020 Congressional Art Competition Student Information & Release Form ***Please Note: YOU MUST FILL THIS FORM OUT ONLINE. Handwritten forms will NOT be accepted. 

  • General Information on the 2020 Congressional Art Competition

  • 2020 Student Checklist


    If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines - please feel free to contact our Office Manager, Phyllis Nall. She can be reached by email at or by phone at (770) 429-1776.