Since 1982, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition, a contest that enables high-school students from across the nation to demonstrate their artistic talents before a global audience.
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, 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.
- 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).
2021 Art Competition Details:
By entering this competition, students simultaneously compete in both the National Congressional Art Competition, as well as a Community Choice Competition.
For the National Competition, a winning piece will be chosen by a panel of judges from the local arts community. That winning piece will hang in the halls of the U.S. Capitol for one year. Students must be willing to part with pieces entered in this competition for the duration of the year, should they win.
For the Community Choice Competition, Louisvillians will choose the winner by a public vote conducted on our website at Yarmuth.house.gov. The winning artist of the Community Choice Competition will have the option of displaying their work in the Louisville District Office for as long as one year.
All entries are due by 3:00 pm ET on Friday, April 9, 2021. Submissions can be entered in the form below.
The competition is currently closed to new entries. Please check back soon to vote on your favorite artwork.