Congressional Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition –
An Artistic Discovery

This contest is a great way for students in our community to show their impressive artistic talents.  I am pleased to invite all high school students from my district to participate in the local competition and am excited to have the artwork of South Texas in our Capitol.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Reception in Washington, DC. Since the competition’s inception in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.  As a result, the winning work from each Congressional district is displayed in an eleven month exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol.

For entry guidelines, please click here. Student information and the release form can be found here

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional
  • Be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 4 inches thick
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
  • Click here to view Art Competition Check List.
The artwork is due in one of the five congressional offices no later than Friday, April 15th, 2016 before 5:30 p.m. CST

Congressional District Offices

Laredo Office
602 E. Calton Road, Suite 2
Laredo, Texas 78041
Phone: (956) 725-0639

Mission Office
117 E. Tom Landry
Mission, Texas 78572
Phone: (956) 424-3942

Rio Grande City Office
100 N. F.M. 3167
Rio Grande City, Texas 78582
Phone: (956) 487-5603

San Antonio Office
615 E. Houston Street, Suite 563
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: (210) 271-2851

The winner will be announced by Monday, April 25th, 2016 and the student will receive 2 round trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C., (2) tickets for the Congressional Art Competition Reception scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, and complementary tour tickets of the Capitol. The winning art piece will be displayed at the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol for the entire year.  Therefore, it is advised by the Congressional Institute that the students’ submitted artwork should not be one that they intend to use for other purposes.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nichole Hernandez at (956) 424-3942 or at

Thank you and good luck!