Art Competition


Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country, including our communities.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in California's 38th congressional district. The winning artist's work will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with artwork from all participating districts around the country.


2021 Art Competition

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congresswoman Sanchez has decided to virtually host the Congressional Art Competition. Submissions will only be accepted electronically and must include:  

  • Release form (no teacher signature required)
  • Five (5) digital images including but not limited to: 
    • Full piece of artwork 
    • Front photo 
    • Back photo 
    • Close up of material used. 
    • Side angle 


Artwork must be finished and submitted through our online platform by Monday April 19th, 2021 before 5:00 P.M.

To submit your artwork, click HERE.

If you have questions, please email or call (562) 860-5050.  



First Place: $500 scholarship and artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year 

Second Place: $400 scholarship 

Third Place: $300 scholarship 

Fan Favorite: $200 scholarship

Honorable Mention: $100 scholarship  



Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must measure no larger than the maximum dimensions. 

  • 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 
  • Photography 

All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any 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. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). 

The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions are made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

All entries must comply with the rules and regulations established by the Congressional Art Competition. For complete guidelines, please click here.   

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Alfonso Manzo at (562) 860-5050. 


art comp winner 2020

2020 Winner: Ruby Mai-Ly Kirk “Berry-Spotted Skeleton Tarantula”