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 featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page. The first place winner, in addition to having their art hanging in the Capitol all year, will receive two roundtrip Southwest airline tickets to come to a reception in Washington, D.C. in June. Also, winners can receive a $3,000 yearly scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) or Tennessee Wesleyan College.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, 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. Artwork may be no larger than 26" x 26" x 4" including the frame. It must also not weigh more than 15 lbs. 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). Entrants are required to pay for their own framing if selected as the winner.
All artwork must be submitted by May 07, 2021 via mail or dropped off at our Tompkinsville, KY office located at: 200 North Main Street Suite F. Tompkinsville, KY 42167
The first place winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol. The second place winner will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Comer's Washington, D.C. Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Jason Tyler in our Washington, D.C. Office at Jason.Tyler@mail.house.gov or at 202-225-3115.