In the spring of every year, the United States House of Representatives hosts a Congressional Art Competition for amateur artists. The competition promotes attention to the arts by recognizing talented young artists from across the nation.
Generally, local contests are held within each Member’s district and the winning entries from all districts are displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in the United States Capitol for a period of one year. Each winning student receives an invitation to attend a grand-opening ceremony for the unveiling of the display.
Competition requirements with respect to general guidelines such as content suitability and framing can be found below:
- Only high school students residing in the 42nd Congressional District may compete.
- A student release form must be attached to the art work submitted (included below).
- All artworks must be original and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
- All artwork must be two-dimensional.
- Artwork, when framed, can be no larger that 28” x 28” x 4” (deep).
- Acceptable categories include: Paintings, Drawings, Collage, Prints, Mixed Media, Computer generated art, and Photography.
Student Release Form
Submit all artwork entries to:
Congressman Ken Calvert
C/O Congressional Art Contest
4160 Temescal Canyon Road, Suite 214
Corona, CA 92883