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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The submission period for the Spring 2021 Congressional Art Competition is now open through April 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The annual Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in our Congressional District and across the nation.

The competition is open to all high school students who either live or attend school in the Seventh District. The winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from other nation-wide contest winners, as well as being featured on the Congressional Art Competition web page.

Due to COVID-19, we will not be collecting art submissions physically for judging, but the following entry requirements should still be followed.


  • Artwork must be two-dimensional and no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.
  • If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed, still not exceeding the above dimensions.
  • Artwork must not weight more than 15 pounds, including frame.
  • Art pieces are NOT required to be framed for judging.
  • Winning work must be received in the original medium (not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).
  • 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.

Accepted Mediums for Artwork

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Collages: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Submission Deadline and Instructions


2020 VA-07 Congressional Art Competition Results

First Place – Mikaila Pegram, Manchester High School, Chesterfield County

“The Golden Goddess” (water color, foil, permanent marker)

Second Place – Kristen Robinson, Meadowbrook High School, Chesterfield County

“Power In The Darkness” (digital photography)

Third Place – Kathryn Hart, Henrico High School, Henrico County

“Introspection” (graphite pencil, pastel pencil)