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Congressional Art Competition

2021 Theme: "America, Land that I Love"

Deadline to Submit Artwork: April 23, 2021


Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students.  The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.  Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

All high school students residing in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District are eligible to compete through my office (we request only one submission per student). This is a great opportunity for students to represent their school on a local and national level.

The winning student will have their artwork displayed for one year inside the United States Capitol. In addition, the artwork of ten runners-up will be entered into our “People’s Choice Award” competition on my Facebook page where fans will select their favorite piece by liking the image of the artwork. The design with the most “likes” and "shares" will be designated the winner and their artwork will be displayed in one of the district offices.

All artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26" high x 26" wide x 4" deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • 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

The deadline to submit artwork is April 23, 2021. Students should mail their artwork to my Lafayette office. Please complete the student application/release form and affix it to the back of the artwork.

Download the student application/release form here >>


The top submissions will be determined by a panel of art professionals, and the winner will be announced in early May. For questions or more information, please contact Diane Miller in my Lafayette office by email at


If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please submit the following form.

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