Congressional Art Competition

Selection of 2019 Winners

Seeds of Emotion (self portrait)
by Laura Mayes
Alabama, District 5
Seeds of Emotion (self portrait)
 by Laura Mayes
Joyeux
by Sebastien Arnoux
Florida, District 13
Joyeux
 by Sebastien Arnoux
Outside Myself
by Ye Jin 'Rozella' Kim
Washington, District 9
Outside Myself
 by Ye Jin 'Rozella' Kim
Karatu, Tanzania
by Stefani Ortiz
New York, District 7
Karatu, Tanzania
 by Stefani Ortiz

About the 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. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

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 winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

How to Enter the 2020 Art Competition

  1. Contact your representative to confirm your district’s participation and obtain specific guidance.
  2. Review the 2020 Rules for Students and Teachers.
  3. Complete the 2020 Student Release Form.
  4. Submit the Student Release Form and any other required materials to your representative by the deadline specified on their website.