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2019 Congressional Art Competition

See this year's submissions HERE.

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.

See this year's submissions from Kentucky's Third Congressional District here. This year's National winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Louisville arts community. The 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. This year's Community Choice winner will be chosen via a public vote on Facebook. The piece with the greatest amount of "Likes" when voting closes will be selected. That winning artist will have the option of displaying their work in Congressman Yarmuth's District Office for as long as one year.

The 2019 Congressional Art Competition

  • Artwork must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 12.
  • Voting online will take place on Facebook from April 16-24.
  • The winners of each competition will be announced before May 4.

Congressional Art Competition Guidelines

The competition is open to high school students.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each piece can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be required to be framed and must still adhere to the size guidelines. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collage: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

Each entry 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 (not the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person 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).

Winning artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

2018 Student Release Form (02/20/1804:54 PMET )