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Congressional Art Competition

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Please note the deadline for this year's competition has passed.

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts 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 our congressional district. Here in the Pennsylvania's 6th District, we partner with the Chester County Art Show to conduct the competition. Whether you live in Berks or Chester counties, please register to be considered! 

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Registration closes: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Artwork Checklist Deadline:  Friday, March 25 by 4:00 p.m.
Artwork drop-off: Wednesday, April 6 | 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Hanging day: Thursday, April 7 | 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Show runs: Friday, April 8 to Friday, April 22
Reception & Awards: Wednesday, April 20 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Art show pick up: Monday, April 25 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.


Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. 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, silkscreen, 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. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you visit the Scholastic website.

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.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines - please submit the following form.

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