Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to highlight the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. Each district will choose a winner whose work will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The first place winner (and one parent/guardian) in each Congressional District is provided with complimentary airfare to Washington, D.C. to see his or her art displayed in the Capitol Building during an unveiling ceremony. My office is more than happy to assist in arranging a variety of tours for the winner and his or her family, including a meeting with me in my Washington D.C. office. 

Dates to Remember
All artwork must be submitted to an designated drop-off location (below) by April 20, 2018. Each piece of artwork must be submitted with a Student Release form. 

A winner will be announced the week of April 30 during an event to be scheduled. 

The artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and will not be returned until the exhibition ends. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements
The competition is open to high school students. The student must reside in California’s 25th Congressional District and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. If there are any questions regarding eligibility, contact our Washington, D.C. office.

Artwork must be two-dimensional and must be submitted to the office unframed. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be framed (free of charge) and sent to the U.S. Capitol. Once framed, it may be no larger than 26" x 26" x 4" (26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep) and cannot exceed 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
• Collages: must be two dimensional
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
• Computer-generated art
• Photographs

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.  The artwork must not depict subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature. 

Artwork that does not comply with the rules cannot be accepted. 

Designated Drop-off Locations:

Antelope Valley District Office
1008 West Avenue M-14, Suite E, Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 441-0320

Santa Clarita District Office
26415 Carl Boyer Drive, Suite 220, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 255-5630

Simi Valley District Office
1445 E. Los Angeles Avenue, #206, Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 581-7130

Forms and Guidelines:
2018 Rules, Guidelines & Deadlines
2018 Student Release Form

If you have any questions, please contact my Washington, D.C. Office at (202) 225-1956 or submit the following form. Additional information can also be found on the House of Representatives website for the competition

***Note: Filling out this form does not constitute entry submission. Students who wish to turn in art must do so at one of the above drop off locations by 5pm on Friday, April 20.

Student Information

Prefix * First Name * Last Name * Suffix (Jr., Sr.)
* Grade:
* Street Address:
Street Address Continued:
* City:
* Student Email:
* Student Phone Number:
* T-Shirt Size:

Parent Information

* Parent/Guardian(s) Name(s):

Prefix * First Name * Last Name * Suffix (Jr., Sr.)
* Parent Email Address:
* Parent Home Phone Number:
* Parent Work/Cell Phone Number:

School Information

* Name of High School:
* Street Address:
* City:
* Zip:
* Art Teacher Name:
* Art Teacher Phone Number:
* Art Teacher Email:

Entry Information

* Entry Title:
* Medium:
* Description: