Congressional Art Competition
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
All submissions are due by Friday, April 27th, and can either be mailed or delivered in person to my Lafayette office. Please complete the student application/release form and affix on the back of the artwork before delivering.
This year, the Crowley Art Association has offered to display all submissions for public viewing in downtown Crowley (411 N Parkerson Ave, Crowley, LA 70526). The pieces will be on display to the public from 10 am - 4 pm on weekdays, starting May 2 and ending May 16.
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 Diane.Miller@mail.house.gov.