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Congressional Art Competition

About the Congressional Art Competition:

Each spring, members of the U.S. House of Representatives host a nationwide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Montana. The winning artwork from Montana’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 congressional districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

How to Participate:

Interested students should submit their artwork and student release forms digitally to no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. Participants should attach an image of the artwork, saved as either a PDF, PNG or JPEG, and the student release form as two separate files.

Winners will be announced June 3, 2020.

Congressional Art Competition rules and guidelines:

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. 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).

Click on these links for official rules, and submission release form and checklist.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition please call (202) 225-3211 or email

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