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

We recognize that many students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form due to school closures. For instance, when submitting the form, the student may attach an e-mail from an art teacher certifying the artwork's originality.

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional
  • Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick
  • A framed piece should not weigh more than 15 pounds
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution (may not violate any U.S. copyright laws).
  • Click here to view Art Competition Check List.

The artwork is due no later than Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. CST, and can be sent digitally to Nichole Hernandez/Alexis Gallegos by
e-mailing: /

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call (956) 424-3942 for further details.

Thank you and good luck!