Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school art competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in Alabama's Second Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Alabama's Second Congressional District. Each year, my office partners with a local Alabama art museum to professionally judge and select the competition winner. The winning artwork from our district will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building. The exhibit in Washington, D.C. will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on the Congressional Art Competition website. Please note that the deadline to submit an entry to the 2020 Congressional Art Competition is Monday, January 27, 2020.

Below is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame), up to 4 inches in depth, and must not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive to my office framed and measure no larger than the maximum dimensions.

Acceptable entries:

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

The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition will be posted on

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact my Montgomery office at (334) 262-7718.

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