Artistic Discovery Contest


Your art could be displayed in the U.S Capitol!

Every spring, a nation-wide art contest for high school students is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It is open to all high school students in the District. The over-all winner of the district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit will also include artwork from other nation-wide winners

The requirements are that the artwork must be two-dimensional. Can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep (. If your piece was been selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed. The piece should weigh no more than 15 pounds.

Any of these mediums are accepted

  • Paintings: 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: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Every entry must have original concept, design, and execution and cannot violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been created by someone other than the student violates the competition rules and will not be accepted.

Submission forms are found here.