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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congressional Art Competition

About the Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

For Contestants

Entry guidelines and an information/release form for the 2017 competition will be posted in early 2017.
All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional
  • Unframed 
  • Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

For more detailed information and to sign-up, please review the following documents:

2017 Congressional Art Competition: Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers

2017 Congressional Art Competition: Student Information and Release Form 

Changes to 2017 Congressional Art Competition Instructions (please review carefully)