Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability.

The winning artwork from each Congressional District will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  I encourage all high school students to submit their artwork and participate in this exciting competition.

ART SUBMISSION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 13, 2021

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • The competition is open to high school students in the 10th Congressional District.   
  • Artwork must be submitted to any of one of my district offices before the May 13th deadline. The district office locations have been posted below:

    Hickory District Office
    1990 Main Ave. SE
    Hickory, NC 28602
    Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

    Mooresville District Office
    Iredell County Government Center South
    2nd Floor
    610 East Center Avenue
    Mooresville, NC 28115
    Wednesday 11:00am-4:00pm

    Triad District Office
    Rural Hall Town Hall
    423 Bethania-Rural Hall Road
    Suite 6
    Rural Hall, NC 27045
    Thursday 11:00am-4:00pm
  • In order to allow artwork to hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, the following restrictions are enforced:               
    • Artwork must be two-dimensional.
    • Each piece can be no larger than 26”x 26”x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep) including the outside dimensions of the frame
    • Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs. 
    • Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry which has been reproduced from an existing photo (not the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.
  • Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to students earlier. Students should not submit artwork they will need for other purposes.
  • Artwork categories are as follows: 
    • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc. 
    • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers 
    • Collage: must be two dimensional 
    • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints 
    • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc. 
    • Computer generated art 
    • Photography 
  • TYPED copy of the Student Release form, signed by both the teacher and the student, must be attached to the artwork to certify the originality of the piece.

The final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission’s policy will be excluded from the exhibit. 

FRAMING GUIDELINES

  • Winning artwork. Frames should be kept as simple and sturdy as possible. Metal frames are recommended. No “snap on” frames with glass are to be used. 
  • Winning artwork must be protected by Plexiglas or glass. Plexiglas is preferred. 
  • Winning work, including frame¸ should be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, and 15 lbs in weight. This includes the outside dimensions of the frame. 
  • Matting can enhance or detract from a work of art and should be carefully prepared. 
  • Use sturdy picture hangers on the back of the frame. Two sturdy eye hooks should be attached at the right and the left sides of the back of the work for hanging in order to prevent the work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Do not put wire between the hooks for hanging, this will be added when the artwork is hung in the Capitol. 
  • Do not attach labels, ribbon, etc. to the front of the piece or underneath the glass or Plexiglas. 
  • If the artwork is abstract in design, please indicate on the back side which side is “up” with arrows.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at (202)-225-2576.

All entries must be received by Friday, May 6th, 2021. For more information, visit the official Art Competition website.



Click here to download the 2022 Congressional Art Competition Student Release Form.

Click here to download the 2022 Congressional Art Competition Rules for Students and Teachers