Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition, An Artistic Discovery, is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. This Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talents of students across the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.
Our Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who live in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The artwork is also featured on the U. S. House of Representative’s website at https://www.house.gov/content/educate/art competition. Our winner, along with other congressional district winners, will also be invited to attend a reception in Washington, DC this summer.
Congressional Art Competition Rules:
Our office does not require the artwork to be framed for submission to our competition. However, if your art is chosen as our winner, it will be the student’s responsibility to have it framed and returned to our office. Artwork must adhere to the following guidelines to be entered in the contest.
- Two dimensional
- No larger than 26 x26 x 4, including the frame
- Less than 15 pounds, including the frame
- Original in concept, design, execution, and does not violate U.S. copyright laws.
The acceptable media is as follows:
- 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 - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Computer-generated art
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 (2017 Rules for Students and Teachers .pdf). Students will also need to complete the Student Information and Release Form (2017 Student Release Form.pdf) and attach it securely to the back of their artwork. All artwork must be received in our Charlottesville or Danville District Office by Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:30. 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 308 Craghead Street, Suite 102-D
Charlottesville, VA 22901 Danville, VA 24541
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Burbridge in our Charlottesville District Office at (434) 973-9631 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see Rep. Tom Garrett's press release on this year's competition, please click here.