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Congressional Arts Competition

 Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. 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.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The overall winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.


This contest is open to all high school students in the 14th Congressional District.
Artwork entered in the contest must be original in concept, design, and execution. 
Entries may be up to 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. 

Mediums include:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

How to Enter the 2020 Art Competition

  1. Review the 2021 Rules for Students and Teachers.
  2. Review A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism.
  3. Complete the 2021 Student Release Form.
  4. Submit the Student Release Form and any other required materials to any of our district offices beginning Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
  5. The final date for submissions is Friday, April 16, 2021
  6. If you prefer to participate virtually, artwork may also be emailed to

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition please review and submit the following forms or contact Janet Brown in the Beaumont district office at (409) 835-0108.



20 Art Winner\

Texas' 14th Congressional District
2020 Art Competition Winner

"Urban Life"
by Kelly Putman


Student Information
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If you do not know your four digit extension for your zip code, please check the U.S. Postal Service website for more information.

Parent or Guardian Information
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School Information
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