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Art Contest

Every year, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives hold an art competition to recognize and celebrate the artistic talents of high school students in each congressional district.

The VA-07 Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students residing in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, regardless of where they attend school. If you are unsure of your congressional district, you may check your address here.

The winning artwork for each district is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, as well as being featured on the Congressional Art Competition web page

Examples of 2019 Submissions

Rules and Guidelines

For Students
  • Students submitting art must be in high school at the time of submission.
  • Students submitting art must live in Virginia's 7th District. Note: students must live in the district, but their school does not need to be in the district.
  • Due to space limitations, students may only submit one piece of art each.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm EST on Friday, April 24, 2020. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, submissions will be collected digitally. See below for details.

    For Artwork
  • All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
  • Entries must be submitted with the typed 2020 Congressional Art Competition Student Information & Release Form securely attached to the back with the appropriate student, parent/guardian, and teacher signatures. The artists must certify that this is their original work.
  • 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. 
  • The winning artwork must be framed to be displayed in the US Capitol. When framed, it must be ready to hang with measurements no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” and may not weigh more than 15 pounds, including the frame. Our office will work with the winner to ensure that the winning piece is framed in accordance with Congressional Art Competition guidelines for display in the U. S. Capitol.
  • The following are permitted for consideration:
  • 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

    How To Submit

    1. Complete the 2020 Student Release Form and save as a PDF file. Click here to access the form.
    2. Complete the submission portal below and verify that you have entered the correct information. 
    3. If you have questions or difficulties, please call us at (202) 225-2815 or (804) 401-4110. 


    After Submitting

    The winning entrant will be contacted by district staff to arrange artwork pick-up.  The artwork will be delivered to the United States Capitol, where it will be displayed for one year.

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