Congressional Art Competition


The 2017 Congressional Art Competition is now open! 

The submission deadline is 5:00 pm Friday, April 28, 2017. For details, see the 2017 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines. You must download, complete and attach the 2017 Student Information and Release Form to your submission. For more information, please contact Jaci Winship at 636-779-5449 or

Each spring, the Members of the United States House of Representatives sponsor the Congressional Art Competition. This competition is an opportunity to recognize the artistic talent of high school students in Missouri’s 2nd District and throughout the nation. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage the talents of their young constituents. Since then, close to one million students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Congratulations to Phuong Truong from Lindbergh High School! Her watercolor and ink piece, Those Old Days, won first place in the 2nd District’s 2016 Art Competition and is currently hanging in the United States Capitol.  All of the 2nd District's 2016 entries can be viewed here.  

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 2nd Congressional District. The winning piece from our district will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol with the other winners from across the nation.  Each winning artist will receive round trip airfare to attend the Congressional Art Competition Reception in Washington, D.C. 

Entries must be two-dimensional and can be no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches deep including the frame.  Framed artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.  Framing is optional for the district competition; however the winning piece must be framed according to the competition standards before it is shipped to the Capitol. 

Artwork accepted mediums are:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastels be fixed.)
  • Collage (must be two-dimensional)
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

 All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.  Exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.