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 began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 6th 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 also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 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. 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 should be delivered to one of Rep. Walker's Congressional District Offices. The Alamance County Office is located at 219 W. Elm St, Graham, NC 27253 [Mailing Address: Post Office Box 812] and the Guilford County office is located at 809 Green Valley Road, Suite 104, Greensboro, NC 27408 [Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10072]. Our office can also make arrangements with students to pickup artwork during one of our mobile office hours throughout the district. Please call us at 336-333-5005 to make such arrangements.
The 2016 deadline for artwork to be received is 5:00PM on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Key Documents for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition:
- 2016 Art Competition Rules and Guidelines for Students and Teachers
- 2016 Art Submission Checklist
- Artwork Release Webform (Below)
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Rudy Olivo at 336-333-5005.