Rep. Doris Matsui

Congressional Art Competition

Submissions are due Friday, April 30th

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. 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 Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Thank you for all who submitted their art work for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. 

Congratulations to Ms. Olivia Chilelli, from Sacramento Country Day School, for her wining piece “Scrutiny.”

The 2021 Congressional Art Competition is now open for Submissions. For more rules and information, please read these forms. For more information, email Gabriela Herrera.

2021 Student Release Fillable Form
2021 Rules for Students and Teachers
2021 Art Submission Checklist
A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism
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Please email a picture of your artwork to with the subject:
2020 Congressional Art Competition LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME