Congressional Art Competition
Each spring, a national 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 the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who live in the 3rd Congressional District. If you're not sure if you live in the New Jersey’s Third District, you can look up your congressional district here. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
The 2021 Rules and Regulations are available here.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth and not weigh more than 15 pounds (even when framed). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
- Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
- Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
- Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
- Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Collages (must be two dimensional)
- Computer-generated art
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).
Competition Suitability Guidelines
Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. Each Member of Congress will be required to submit a Letter of Support confirming that the Member has determined that the winning artwork adheres to the Commission’s policy. However, if another Member of Congress requests review of any artwork for compliance with the Commission’s policy, the final decision regarding the artwork’s suitability for display will be made by the Commission. While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, we do wish to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in this highly travelled area leading to the Capitol.
How to enter:
Any 3rd District student interested in entering a piece must fill out the release and application form. Please fill out this form here!
Once you complete the release form, please print it out and attach it to your piece of art. UPDATEL The deadline to submit your artwork is April 18th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Parents, teachers or students may reach out to our Washington D.C. office with any questions or concerns: 202-225-4765.
Due to COVID-19, we will not be collecting art submissions physically for judging but the entry criteria should still be followed.
Artist judges from across the district will select artwork from the submitted pieces for inclusion in the exhibition.
The Congressional Art Competition illustrates the importance of arts education in high schools. Our reception will showcase the excellent student entries and it is where we will announce the competition winners. The grand prize-winning entry will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol alongside artwork from every congressional district across the country. In addition, the runners-up will have their work displayed in my congressional offices.
Requirements for Work Selected for Exhibition
- Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).
- Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth and must not weigh more than 15 pounds when framed.
- Artwork must be enhanced and protected by a sturdy frame and wired for hanging.
- Frames must be made of wood or metal.
- No plastic “snap on” frames or metal frames that can easily come apart are to be used.
- Two sturdy eye hooks or the equivalent must be attached at the top right and left sides of the back of the frame for hanging to prevent the work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Place wire between the hooks for hanging at the district exhibition.
- Please indicate which side is up by marking arrows pointing towards the top on the back.
- Using the largest label you have available, type this information and securely apply to the back of the piece:
- Student Name:
- Phone Number:
- Email Address:
- Member’s Name: Congressman Andy Kim
- State and District: NJ-03
- All artwork, except paintings in oil or acrylic on canvas, must be protected by Plexiglas or glass. Plexiglas is preferred.