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Art Competition

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

The Artistic Discovery Contest 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. The winning artwork can also be viewed on the Congressional Art Competition page.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

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 arrive framed and 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).

All entries must comply with the rules and regulations established by the Congressional Art Competition. The complete guidelines are available here.

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

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

All Art Competition submissions must include this completed and signed form.

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

UPDATE: Given the current school closures and CDC guidance related to the coronavirus outbreak, more information on the Art Competition will be coming soon. In the meantime, we encourage young artists to keep the creative juices going and submit their entries.