Congressional Art Competition
Applications for the Spring 2019 Competition is now open.
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
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, checklist, and release form for the competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on House.gov.
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.
2018 Congressional Art Competition Results:
1st Place: Christine Kim, “Who’s Manns?” | Grade 12 , Beverly Hills High School
2nd Place: Brandy Hwang, “The Last One” | Grade 12, West High School
3rd Place: Gabriel Le Neveu, “Homes” | Grade 11, Redondo Union High School
Painting: Madison Brooks, “Subconscious” | Grade 12, Redondo Union High School
Drawing: Esther Shin, “Stop Crying” | Grade 12, West High School
Photography: Joey Choe, “Now or Never” | Grade 11, Santa Monica High School
Mixed Media: Alanna Tran, “Seated Self” | Grade 12, West High School
Other: Sophia Lopez, “Sheltered Life” | Grade 11, Palos Verdes High School
Member’s Choice: Beaudry Medina, “In Our Hands” | Grade 11, Fairfax Senior High School
Photos for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/161456407@N08/FD5uaH