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 our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
- Collages - must be two dimensional
- Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Computer-generated art
All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any 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).
The annual Congressional Art Competition, Artistic Discovery, is in full swing. We had a gap year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are back and enthusiastic about holding a digital version of the competition for 2021. Here are some important documents:
- Rules for the 2021 competition are available here: https://www.house.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/2021-Rules-for-Students-and-Teachers.pdf
- Participating students will have to fill out a release form, available here: https://www.house.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/2021-Student-Release-Form-Fillable.pdf
If you have students from different districts, feel free to have your school participate in each district’s competition, depending on where your individual students reside. Students can determine which district they live in by using the following link: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.
The winner of this District’s competition will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and (depending on the COVID-19 situation) may have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in a special ceremony with other winners from around the country.
Below are some important dates for teachers and students who are interested in participating in this year’s competition:
- Artwork Upload: April 14, 2021. High resolution photos of the artwork can be digitally uploaded by April 14, 2021. We will provide a link to upload. If a submitted piece wins, it must abide by the following guidelines: 1) piece must be frame, 2) framed pieces can be no larger than 26”x 26” x 4”, and 3) pieces must not weigh more than 15 pounds.
- Artwork on Display Digitally – Starting April 27 Submitted artwork will be displayed prominently on a digital art gallery on the Congresswoman’s social media and facebook page.
- Artistic Discovery Digital Reception: May 4, 2021 We invite all participants and their families and friends to a reception celebrating the An Artistic Discovery program. While we cannot meet in person this year, all are invited to a zoom reception where we can celebrate the students’ achievements.