Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
Information about the 2017 Competition
Those interested in participating should download and review the overview of the 2017 competition and rules.
Those wishing to participate in the competition must complete the 2017 Student Release Form. When clicking the link for the release form you can download the PDF to your computer. You should complete the PDF on your computer and then print and sign the completed form.
For an entry to be considered, the completed student release form and artwork must be received by April 26, 2017 (no later than 5:30pm) at our Huntington district office.
Please note that our office will only be accepting 3 entries per high school.
Our office will be hosting a Congressional Art Competition Reception where the entries will be viewed and winners will be selected. While the winner will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, the top three runners up will have their artwork displayed in our offices.
The reception will be on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. It will take place at the Hecksher Museum of Art which is located at 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. For more information, you can call our district office in Huntington.
The following is a general summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
This is only a general summary of the rules. Those interested in participating in a given year should be sure to confirm the competition details and rules for that year.
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches, including the frame 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).