Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating Members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the pilot competition in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

The annual Art Competition is open to all high school students currently living in the First District. The winning submission will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and viewed by visitors and dignitaries from all over the world.

The theme for the 2020 Art Competition is "something important to you in your local community."

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students must submit the Student Release Form along with a digital copy of their artwork to Bergman.Art@mail.house.gov.

All entries for the Congressional Art Competition must be submitted by June 1st, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

All questions and inquiries should be directed to Bergman.Art@mail.house.gov.

RULES: All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional;
  • Be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 4 inches thick (with frame); note: we are happy to provide framing services;
  • Weigh no more than 15 pounds, including frame;
  • Be original in concept, design, and comply with U.S. copyright laws; and
  • The Student Information and Release Form must be attached to the back of the artwork.

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