Congressional Art Competition

We are no longer accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Competition.

The submission period for the Spring 2020 Congressional Art Competition closed on Februry 14, 2020. Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students (9-12th grade) who either reside or attend school in the 33rd District. All student participants will receive a participation prize. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will also receive a scholarship. Additionally, 1st place will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol as part of a larger exhibit and receive a trip to Washington D.C. to be recognized at an annual awards ceremony in June, 2nd place will be displayed for one year in the Member's Washington office, and 3rd place will be displayed in the Member's District office for one year.

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 following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 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
  • Photography

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).

The rules and checklist for the 2020 competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on House.gov. Students must fill out the PDF icon2020_Student_Release_Form.pdf and attach it to the back of their submissions. 

If you would like more information on the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Aurelia Friedman at Aurelia.Friedman@mail.house.gov or (323) 651-1040.

2020 Congressional Art Competition Results:

1st Place: Gina Park, “Bursting Buds” | Grade 11, Chadwick School

2nd Place: Ester Zunino Noellert, “Cleopatra” | Grade 10, Santa Monica High School

3rd Place: Ellen Puterbaugh, “Wonder” | Grade 9, Redondo Union High School

Honorable Mentions:

Photography: Leila Nourmand, “Confusion” | Grade 12, Beverly Hills High School

Painting: Yucheng Che, “Midmorning Serenity” | Grade 12, Palisades Charter High School

Drawing: Emma Chai, “Microcosm” | Grade 12, West High School

Mixed Media: Josie Chang, “Submerged” | Grade 11, Chadwick School

Other: Teel Brooke Stevens, “1900s Los Angeles Homelessness” | Grade 12, Rolling Hills Preparatory School

Member’s Choice: Malia Siverts, “Eye Candy” | Grade 10, Redondo Union High School

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