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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

Congressional Art Competition

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's Congressional Art Competition page.

We are NOW accepting submissions for the Congressional Art Competition! The SUBMISSION & RSVP DEADLINE is Friday, April 6, 2018, at 5:00 PM. The reception will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 PM. Please see below for additional details. 

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

2017 Congressional Art Competition Results

1st Place: Catherine Campbell, "10.5 Pilots" | Grade 10, Redondo Union High School

2nd Place: Claire Cohen, "The Purple Dragon" | Grade 11, Marlborough School

3rd Place: Che (Chelsea) Liu, "Lend Me Wings to Sour" | Grade 11, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Honorable Mentions:

Painting: Mackenzie Kasdan, "The Little Fish that Could" | Grade 12, West High School

Drawing: Mimi Balancia, "Mimi's World" | Grade 12, Beverly Hills High School

Photography: Emma Maisterra, "Beyond" | Grade 12, Beverly Hills High School

Mixed Media: Farzeen Alam, "The Syrian Girl" | Grade 12, Redondo Union High School

Other: Matthew Firoozmand, "Color Views" | Grade 10, Beverly Hills High School

Member's Choice: Allison Iannucci, "Inspiring Change" | Grade 11, West High School

Photos for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition can be found here