Congressional Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all IL-14 high school students.

The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with other participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork will also be featured on's Congressional Art Competition page



Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Artwork must be two-dimensional.


The accepted mediums are as follows:

  • 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
  • Photography

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). For a full list of rules and regulations for the competition, click here.


Submission Details: 

In response to the current health crisis, we will be moving to a virtual competition. Your artwork must fit the physical specifications given by the Art Competition, but to enter, a student must complete the attached privacy form, send the completed form and a high-quality photo of their piece to Our panel of judges will consider each piece and will decide on which to send to Washington. Applications will open March 15, 2021 and close Friday, April 23, 2021.


Download the Student Release Form here. 


Note: You may fill it in electronically, however, the signatures must be physically signed. For questions or concerns, please call my West Chicago office at 630-549-2190.


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