About the Competition:
Each spring, the Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and showcases the talents of young artists across the nation. I am honored to be able to recognize and encourage the artistic talents of the artists in the 3rd Congressional District.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who live in the 3rd Congressional District. Participants are not only able to add participation in the Congressional Art Competition to their resume, but also compete for the honor of having their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. In addition, the winner, along with a parent and their art teacher will receive round trip airfare and lodging in Washington, D.C. for the ceremony of placing the art in the Capitol, hosted by the Congressional Institute. Additional awards are also available, including scholarships, and awards for various placings, including a people’s choice award.
Information For the 2023 Competition:
The 2023 entry form can be found here.
The 2023 Congressional Art Competition will take places as a digital competition and all entries will be submitted via email.
- Monday May 1st by 5pm – Entry Deadline
- Tuesday May 2nd – Judging and People's Choice Award Voting Begins
- Monday May 8th – Judging and People's Choice Award Voting Ends
- Tuesday May 9th - Winners Will Be Announced
How to Submit Artwork:
- All entries must be submitted by 5PM on May 1st.
- Entries will be emailed to Jessica Eck in my district office at Jessica.Eck@mail.house.gov
- Students may email entries directly, or have their entries emailed by their art teacher
- The email subject line for entries should be: "2023 Congressional Art Competition Entry"
- Entries should include the following in one email:
- One high resolution photo of the work of art as a JPEG image file.
- Official Submission Form as a PDF document.
- In the body of the email please include the following information:
- Entrant's Name, Email & Cell Phone Number
- Title of Artwork
- Medium Used
- Description of Artwork
Summary of the Congressional Art Competition Rules:
A full list of the 2023 Rules can be found HERE
- All artwork must be two-dimensional and be able to be framed. (It does NOT need to be framed for the competition, only the winning piece will need to be framed.)
- Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep INCLUDING the framing.
- All artwork must be able to be hung.
- Accepted mediums for the artwork are as follows:
- 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
- Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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 must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, the aim of the Congressional Institute's guidelines is to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in the highly traveled area of the Capitol where it will be featured.
- Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the duration of the exhibition. Students should only submit artwork they will not need for other purposes after the competition end date.
Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Jessica Eck in my District Office via email at Jessica.Eck@mail.house.gov or via phone at 770-683-2033.