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Art Competition

Alert: The coronavirus health emergency has required that we shift this year’s Congressional Art Competition to an online, virtual art show. Please read below for the new deadlines for submission, how to submit online, and how to get your questions answered. I look forward to seeing the art of our talented students this year, even if it will be online, and to selecting our winners!  

New Submission Deadline: May 28, 2020

The top prize remains the honor of having a student art piece displayed in the US Capitol Building for a year. That winner will also receive a pair of round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. for the opening reception. Additional winners will also receive cash prizes and the privilege of having their work displayed in my Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices. 

New This Year: People's Choice Award

This year, we will also have a People’s Choice Award Competition. Each member of the Congressional Art Competition Judging Panel will nominate one image to the People’s Choice Award. These images will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages on June 1st. The public will be invited to vote on art pieces by liking the image. Voting will close on June 4th and the winner will be announced on June 5th. The piece with the most likes on both platforms will be honored as the People’s Choice Award Winner and receive a cash prize.

How to Apply

New Submission Deadline: May 28, 2020

  • Click here to apply by completing the Student Application Form. Upon completition, the confirmation page will include a link where you can upload a picture of your artwork. 

  • Click here to download the 2020 Art Competition Flyer for Teachers.

  • Click here to download the 2020 Art Competition Flyer for Students.

  • Click here to download the 2020 Art Competition Rules.

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

Official Guidelines

2019 Congressional Art Competition Winner, Norma Carrillo

The competition is open to high school students only.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame, though a frame is not required) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The artwork may be

  • 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 Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. For more information about the 2020 Art Competition, click here.

Please contact our Art Competition Coordinator, Jacqueline Hamilton, by email at, or call or text (323) 383-2546 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.