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 7th 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.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick (including the frame), and may not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and no larger than the maximum dimensions.
- 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. 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).
Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Thus, students should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.
Artwork for the 2020 Competition must be submitted to Paul in our District Office. Information about the 2020 Congressional Art Competition, including deadlines and forms, will be posted shortly.
Please note that our office only accepts one entry per student. If you have any questions, please contact Paul in our District Office at 770-232-3005 ext 11.
Click HERE to view the 2019 Competition Rules and Regulations.
Click HERE to view the 2019 Student Release Form.
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please submit the following form.