Art Competition


The 2022 Congressional Art competition has concluded! 

More information on the 2023 Competition will be updated here as soon as it is available.

Congressman Comer is proud to announce Macy Gentry of Christian County High School as the winner of Kentucky's 1st Congressional District's 2022 Congressional Art Competition.  Gentry’s charcoal composition is titled ‘Horse and Jockey’ and will hang in the U.S. Capitol.  Leslie Valles, also of Christian County High School, came in second place with her photograph titled ‘Desert Road.’  Madison Latham, also of Christian County High School, came in third place with her photograph titled ‘Always Faithful.’ Their impressive work will be on display in Congressman James Comer's Washington, D.C. and Tompkinsville Offices respectivly.  The three peices can be viewed here

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's Congressional Art Competition page. The first place winner, in addition to having their art hanging in the Capitol all year, will receive an invitation to attend a reception in Washington DC during the summer months. Past winners have also received additional benefits such as two roundtrip Southwest airline tickets to attend the reception and a $3,000 yearly scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) or Tennessee Wesleyan College. More information on prizes for the winner will be released by the Congressional Art Competition in the coming weeks on their website.

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
  • Photography

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 and runner-up.

If you have any further questions, you can email/call Jason Tyler or Jenna Anderson – (202-225-3115) or (270-487-9509).

All artwork must be mailed or dropped off to the Tompkinsville Office.

Important Documents:

Rules for Student and Teachers

Student Release Form

Submission Checklist