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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Art Competition

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 Friday, March 31, 2017.  Please complete the Student Information Release Form and attach to the back of each art piece submitted. 

  • Click here to download the 2017 Art Competition Flyer

  • Click here to download the 2017 Art Competition Rules

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

Official Guidelines

2015 Congressional Art Competition Winner, Carl Jean 

The competition is open to high school students only.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame, though a frame is not required) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work 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. 

The rules, checklist, and release form for the 2017 competition are scheduled to be posted in late February on House.gov.

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 bass.art@mail.house.gov to have forms or flyers printed and provided to you.