Congressional Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition 2014 is open for submissions - Deadline is April 14, 2014, 5 p.m. PT!


The Congressional Art Competition is a unique opportunity to encourage art education in our schools and to give high school students, as well as 7th and 8th graders who share campuses with high schools, living in the 14th Congressional District a chance to gain national recognition for their creative talents. The winner will receive a trip to Washington, DC for an honorary reception where Members of Congress will recognize finalists from all 50 states. The student’s artwork will hang on display for one year in the main corridor between the U.S. Capitol and House Office Buildings.

General Guidelines
All entries from the 14th Congressional District reflecting originality in concept, design, and execution are welcome! Please review the general qualification guidelines below. For any additional information contact Kenneth Dowling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 225-3531.

The following restrictions apply to the artwork
  • Must be created by high school students living in the 14th Congressional District
  • Must be two dimensional
  • Can be no larger than 28”x28”x4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep) including the frame
  • Cannot be more than 15 lbs. in weight
  • May not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo (not the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.
  • Must be submitted in the original medium (scanned reproductions of a painting or drawing will be disqualified)
  • Click here for additional guidelines.
Accepted art media
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints                                 
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

Student Information & Release Form
Click here for a submission checklist. All artwork must be recieved by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at my District Office at 155 Bovet Rd., suite 780, San Mateo, CA 94402. All students must include a completed Student Information & Release Form signed by the student, parent/guardian and art teacher.

About the Competition
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. High school students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries, which are then displayed for one year at the Capitol. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Click here to learn more.


Wendy Liu, winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition


Wendy Liu of San Francisco with her piece "No War Zone."
Here is how she describes it: The painting has two main subjects:
a dove and a soldier. The soldier symbolizes a fight and strength,
but the dove means peace. The two contradict each other
to form a new meaning of a fight for peace.