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 our District. Since its inception in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students from around the country have participated at the local level.
The winning artwork will be framed and sent to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol alongside winning pieces from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each piece can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be delivered to one of my offices to be framed and shipped to Washington for you.
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional 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
Artwork must be the creation a single student. Students may not collaborate on an entry. 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. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you visit the Scholastic website.
Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). Artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel for the duration of the exhibition. Students should only submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.
Hilary Stegemoller, Regional Director, is coordinating the 2021 Congressional Art Competition in the 11th District of Texas for my office. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact her in my Brownwood District Office at (325) 646-1950 or by email at Hilary.Stegemoller@mail.house.gov.
Please upload your artwork below to enter the competition.