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 young artist's work will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with artwork from all participating districts around the country.

2020 Art Competition 

This year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Rep. Linda Sánchez will be holding the Congressional Art Competition virtually. Submissions will only be accepted electronically and must include: 

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

To submit your work, click HERE.

Participants must submit their work by Wednesday, May 13, 2020, before 5:00 p.m. in order to be considered.

If you have questions or issues submitting your artwork, 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 and artwork displayed in Congresswoman Sánchez’s district office for one year

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
  • 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 may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

Submissions will only be accepted from students who reside in California's 38th congressional district. Students from other districts are encouraged to contact their Member of Congress for information on their art competition. To verify your district and Member of Congress, please visit

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