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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia

Congressional Art Competition

2018 Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the Fifth Congressional District of Virginia.

The overall winning piece of artwork from the Fifth District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in the Capitol will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

The winning student from within the Fifth District will be invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception and the unveiling of their artwork in the Capitol.

When preparing for the Congressional Art Competition, please consult the following checklist. This will ensure that the Congressional Art Competition staff will accept the artwork. Please review the Rules and Regulations for Student and Teachers for more information. 

  • Artwork does not need to be framed to enter our office's competition, although it is preferred. The winner will be responsible for framing their art in accordance with the guidelines for hanging in the U.S. Capitol.
  • Artwork must conform to these restrictions:
    • Artwork must be two dimensional
    • Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep) including the frame.
    • No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
    • Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
      • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
      • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
      • Collages: must be two dimensional
      • Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
      • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
      • Computer-generated art
      • Photographs
  • Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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).

How to Enter the Competition

All entries, accompanied by a printed and signed Student Information and Release Form, must be received by Congressman Garrett’s office in Charlottesville or Danville by April 20, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. ET. Entries may be shipped or delivered in-person to the addresses below:

All art entries must adhere to additional rules and guidelines established by the Congressional Institute.  To review complete rules, please review the Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers

Students will also need to complete the Student Information and Release Form and attach it securely to the back of their artwork. Our staff will be glad to work with you to make sure your artwork arrives at our office before the deadline. 

Congressman Thomas Garrett, Jr.         Congressman Thomas Garrett, Jr.

Charlottesville District Office                  Danville District Office

686 Berkmar Circle, 102-D                      308 Craghead Street, Suite 102-D

Charlottesville, VA 22901                        Danville, VA 24541

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Van Valkenburg in our Danville District Office at (434) 791-2596 or by email at Denise.VanValkenburg@Mail.House.Gov.