Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide visual art competition for high school students across the country.

One student is selected from each congressional district by that district’s representative in Congress. The winning pieces are then sent to Washington, D.C. to be hung on display in the U.S. Capitol Building among other district winners chosen from around the country.

If you live in Colorado’s First Congressional district and would like to submit your artwork for next year’s competition, please see below for more information – including all the rules and dates for entry.

The deadline for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition is April 30, 2021. Please see below for more information on how to enter your artwork by April 30th. 

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

  • The competition is open to current high school students only.
  • Original artwork must be two-dimensional. However, due to the coronavirus, students should submit a photograph or digital copy of their artwork.
  • If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., framed.
    • The framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.
    • 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
  • Photographs


Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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).

Artwork will hang in the Cannon House Office Building Tunnel for the duration of the exhibition. Students should only submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.


If you have any questions, or would like more information on how to submit your art, please contact Sera McFarland at or call at 303-844-4988.