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 2022 competition: 

• Due to Spring Break, the new entry deadline is Thursday, April 14, 2022. at 5:00 pm. 

• 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.

Important Documents & Links: 

Student Checklist

Rules and Regulations for Students & Teachers

Student Release Form ***This form must be filed out using the fillable online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.


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.