Congressional Art Competition

2017 Congressional Art Competition Winners from Lake Minneola High School

Each spring, a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each Congressional District. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Created in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is a unique opportunity in which the Congressman is able to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within the 11th District.

The winning entries from each district are prominently displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C. The Cannon Tunnel connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol and is traveled on a daily basis by Members of Congress and their staff.


The theme for my office’s 2018 Congressional Art Competition is "Wonders of Florida." All artwork entries must adhere to this theme. The competition is open to high school students only. Each student may enter one piece of artwork. Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each piece can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs. 

Accepted mediums include: 
     • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc. 
     • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers 
     • Collage: must be two dimensional; prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints 
     • Mixed media: use of more than two medias such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc. 
     • Computer-generated art 
     • Photography  

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE THEMED “WONDERS OF FLORIDA.” (No other entries will be accepted)

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 (other than student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person 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 Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. 

If you are interested in your students participating in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, please contact my Art Competition Coordinator, Laura Murtha, at or 352-241-9220.