Each spring, members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nationwide high school arts competition. This is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation and in local communitites like Georgia's Ninth District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in northeast Georgia. The winner of our district's competition will have his or her work on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The exhibit in Washington includes artwork from contest winners representing other participating Congressional districts.

Artwork submitted to the contest must be two-dimensional and may be any size up to 28 inches by 28 inches by 4 inches in depth (including the frame). Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. Entries may be:

  • Paintings, including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints 
  • Collage
  • Mixed media
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide members of Congress with an opportunity to honor the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please contact Tena Riley in my Gainesville Office.