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2023 Congressional Art Competition

"An Artistic Discovery"

Congressional Art Competition for High School Students

A note about the 2023 Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition for High School Students is a long term event, designed to highlight and encourage the artistic talents of our young people.

The rules and entry/release forms can be found here and below.

Please contact Chris Cozzaglio at or (413) 310-4194 for specific pick up/drop off details. All forms should be emailed to him, as well.

Each participant is welcome to submit up to 3 entries.

“An Artistic Discovery” is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute and coordinated by Members of the United States House of Representatives in their districts. Each year, Members of Congress conduct local art competitions in their districts. The winning piece of art from each district becomes part of an impressive display on national exhibition in the United States Capitol.

“An Artistic Discovery” provides Members of Congress and the public the opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young Americans at a time when local cultural organizations and arts-in-education programs are being curtailed. I am sure that you will be quite impressed with the artwork that becomes part of the exhibit in the Capitol.

You can view the most recent winners here.

2022 Winner

Red Tree Garden, Raleigh, NC


ARTIST: Samantha Leary

SCHOOL/GRADE: Agawam High School

TITLE: Red Tree Garden, Raleigh, NC

Congressional Art Competition Information

For Students and Teachers

General Guidelines

All artwork submitted must be two-dimensional. Each framed piece of art can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., 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.)
  • Collage: 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
  • Photography    

Each entry 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, advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. For more information on copyright laws, please review “A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism."

Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel for the duration of the exhibition. Therefore, participants should only submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission (the Commission). In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.

A TYPED copy of the Student Information and Release Form, signed by the teacher, a parent or guardian, and the student, must be securely attached to the back of the artwork to certify the originality of the piece. Please retain a copy for your records.

You can arrange art pick-ups with Chris Cozzaglio, our district art competition organizer via email at or text/call (413) 310-4194. The winner will be alerted by May 8th, and Mr. Cozzaglio will coordinate drop off of all submitted artwork with participant schools.

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