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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Art Competition

RSVP for the 2019 Reception Today!

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.

One entry that displays outstanding creativity and vision will be selected from the 37th Congressional District. The winner of the competition will win two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC. to attend the unveiling ceremony with Members of Congress and special guests. In addition, the winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

2013 Congressional Art Competition Finalists

Please submit your artwork or arrange for pick up by Monday, March 29, 2019.  Please complete the Student Information Release Form and attach to the back of each art piece submitted.

  • Click here to download the 2019 Art Competition Flyer

  • Click here to download the 2019 Art Competition Rules

  • Click here to download the fillable Student Information Release Form PDF.

Official Guidelines

2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner, Elemmar Valle

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 2019 Art Competition, visit

Please complete the Student Information Release Form and attach to the back of each art piece submitted. If needed, teachers or individual artists can email to have forms or flyers printed and provided to you. 

Please call (323) 965-1422 with any questions.