An Artistic Discovery: The Congressional Art Competition

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

The Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students. The over-all winner of each district will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

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.

2018 Artistic Discovery Details:
The 2018 Artistic Discovery competition is currently ongoing. 

Student Release Forms are due to my Chicago or Glenview office no later than March 10, 2018.

Artwork submissions must be received no later than March 22, 2018

According to the rules of the competition, artwork must conform to the following 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, silk screen, block prints
     -Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
     -Collages (must be two dimensional)
     -Computer-generated art
-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.
-Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Copies of the 2018 Student Release Form & the 2018 Rules for Students and Teachers are available below:  

Rules for Students and Teachers (02/21/1811:49 AMET )
Student Release Form (02/21/1811:49 AMET )

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