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Art Competition

Congratulations to the 2021 Rep. Karen Bass Art Competition winners and participants. To see all 2021 artwork submitted, click here for our virtual gallery. For 2020 Art Competition winners and virtual gallery, click here.

How to Apply

  • Online applications will open in January 2022.

  • Click here to download the 2022 Art Competition Flyer for Teachers.

  • Click here to download the 2022 Art Competition Flyer for Students.

  • Click here to download the 2021 Art Competition Rules. (2022 Rules Pending)

  • Click here for guidance on photographing artwork with your smartphone.

  • Application form and submission portal for the 2022 Art Competition will open mid-January. Return to this page in January to submit your work for this contest!

Watch Rep. Bass recognize Isaiah Levels, winner of the 2020 Art Competition, during the 2020 Year in Review video below:

Official Guidelines

The competition is open to all high school students living in the 37th Congressional District.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches and may be up to 4 inches in depth. All media accepted, including:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Graphic
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution. For more information about the 2022 Art Competition, click here.

Please contact our Art Competition Coordinator, Jacqueline Hamilton, by email at bass.art@mail.house.gov, or call (323) 965-1422 with any questions.

Since 1982, each spring the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide high school arts contest designed to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of artists in our nation. To date, more than 650,000 high school students have been acknowledged and supported for their talents. 

The 2021 Art Competition Gallery is now LIVE!

Click here to view our virtual gallery featuring the talented high school artists of California's 37th Congressional District. We'd like to thank all of our participants and their families for their flexibility and patience due to the COVID-19 pandemic and look forward to welcoming all artists to future in-person events when deemed safe by public health officials.

Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place: Amelia Kamin, Culver City High School, 11th Grade

2nd Place: Avery Collins-Byrd, Vistamar, 12th Grade

3rd Place: Anna Martinez, Culver City High School, 11th Grade

4th Place: Serena Lara-Greenberg, Culver City High School, 11th Grade

Honorable Mention:

Steven Lucas Delgado, Culver City High School, 12th Grade

Lucia Daniel, Culver City High School, 12th Grade

Sophia Andrade, El Segundo High School, 12th Grade

Elisa Schoemehl, Hamilton High School, 12th Grade

Maia Lazor, Culver City High School, 10th Grade

Jasmin Hernandez, Crenshaw High School, 12th Grade

Chloe Park, LACES, 9th Grade

Sophie Richmond, Culver City High School, 11th Grade

2020 Art Competition Gallery

2019 Art Competition Gallery

2018 Art Competition Gallery

2017 Art Competition Gallery