The 2016 U.S. Congressional High School Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery

I am pleased to announce that submissions for the 2016 U.S. Congressional High School Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery are now being accepted. Every year the Congressional Art Competition celebrates the artistic spirit of high-school students across the nation. 

High-school students in every district will have an opportunity to submit their artwork to their representative's office and the 1st Place piece will hang in the Capitol Building. Since the competition began in 1982, over 650,000 high-school students have submitted their original artwork. 

The deadline to submit entries to my Seattle District office is Wednesday, April 6, 2016. A panel of judges will select a winner and present the awards at a ceremony at KCTS 9 Seattle, on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:00pm. The winning student will be invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a date to be determined this June in Washington DC.

Submissions must meet specific guidelines in order to qualify for review. Artwork must come from high-school students, and is not to exceed 28"x28"x4" dimensions. Artists can use a variety of different mediums including paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography.

  • Submissions must be two-dimensional.
  • Submissions must weigh less than 15 lbs.
  • Submissions must be original pieces in conception and design, and may not violate U.S. copyright law.
  • Please visit the U.S House of Representatives website to view previous winning pieces here.