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 the District. The over-all 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.
Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. The art work may be
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
- Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media
- Computer Generated Art
All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.
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.
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 409-853-4193.
2018 Student Release Form (which must be printed and attached to the back of your art).
2018 Rules for Students and Teachers.
A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism.
Important Dates to Remember
March 28, 2018: Notice of intention to participate.
April 9, 2018 - April 12, 2018: Drop off or requested pick up of artwork.
April 20, 2018: Last day of judging.
TBD: Local reception to announce winner and three runner ups.
June 27, 2018: DC reception (winner receives two round trip tickets to DC).