Art Competition

Each spring, members of Congress sponsor a nationwide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation, including in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. Since the contest began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved.

The contest is open to all high school students in the 2nd District. The winner of our district’s competition will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside the artwork of other contest winners nationwide.

Entering the Art Competition

All works, including frame (frame not required, unless chosen as the winning piece), should be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, and no more than 15 pounds in weight. The artwork may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.;
  • Drawings – colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (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; or
  • Photography.

All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition – including this year’s deadlines and additional guidelines for artwork submissions – please submit this form.

Art Competition Application

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