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 2021 Art Competition
- Contact your representative to confirm your district’s participation and obtain specific guidance.
- Review the 2021 Rules for Students and Teachers.
- Complete the 2021 Student Release Form.
- Submit the Student Release Form and any other required materials to your representative by the deadline specified on their website.