Participant Advisory

In light of recent events, please be assured the Congressional Art Competition is still accepting submissions, and the due date for submissions is now May 15th. All submissions will now only be accepted digitally. Please take a high resolution scan or photo of your artwork and email it to arts.mcbath@mail.house.gov.

When the competition award ceremony is scheduled, all participants will be contacted with instructions on where to deliver their artwork. As a reminder, artwork must be matted when guidelines for in-person delivery are reinstated, and the release form below must be completed prior to submission. The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition can be found below.

For any further questions or concerns, please reach out to Caroline Ramos by calling (470) 773-6330 or emailing arts.mcbath@mail.house.gov.

Congressional Art Competition Guidelines

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of students in the Sixth Congressional District and across the nation. One winner from each district will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

Artwork must conform to these restrictions:

    • Artwork must be two-dimensional
    • Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.
    • No framed piece should weigh more than 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.)
      • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
      • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
      • Collages (must be two dimensional)
      • 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.