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Art Competition

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Art Competition

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. 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 deadline to submit all artwork is APRIL 30, 2021.

REQUIREMENTS

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork 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 must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork 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.)
  • Collages: 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
  • Photographs

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.

HOW TO ENTER:

To enter the contest, please fill out this Entry Form. Students should send a photo of their artwork and the attached form to Freddy.Arellano@mail.house.gov. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY APRIL 30, 2021. Students should contact my DC office at 202-225-4511 with any questions or for accommodations.

  1. Download and complete entry form.
  2. Take a digital picture of artwork.      
  3. Email the picture of the artwork and the completed entry form to Freddy.Arellano@mail.house.gov.

Rules and regulations for students and teachers can be found here.

The winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition will be announced in early May. For questions or more information, please contact my DC office. Please note we will only be accepting admissions through email to Freddy.Arellano@mail.house.gov.