Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, offering one student from each district the opportunity to have their artwork featured as part of an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol Building. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
In addition to the official Congressional Art Competition, I host a people's choice competition on my official Facebook and Instagram accounts where people can vote on their favorite piece. The winner of the people's choice competition will have their artwork displayed in my Strongsville office.
The deadline for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition is April 30. The people's choice competition will be held from May 1 - 6. Due to COVID-19, submissions should be made via email to Christina.Trompower@mail.house.gov. We encourage you to take as clear and detailed a photo of your piece as possible for submission. Please also include a completed 2021 Student Release Form in your email.
Artwork that does not meet all the requirements of the competition will not be eligible for judging. The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (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
All 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). Please note, only one entry per student is permitted.
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition or have any questions, please email Christina.Trompower@mail.house.gov .