We hope everyone is staying safe during these days in which the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate on a day to day basis. Congresswoman Napolitano will hold her 2021 Congressional Art Competition digitally this year, and to ensure all students are given the opportunity to participate, even if it is from home, the deadline will be announced soon.
Submissions will only be accepted electronically, so be sure to take a clear photo of your entry only (not the matting). Our judges will be judging your piece based on that photo. Complete the entry form below.
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.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules, which can be found here: https://www.house.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/2021-Rules-for-Students-and-Teachers.pdf.
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
- 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 entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any 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).
There WILL NOT be an art gallery or official ceremony this year, but Congresswoman Napolitano will honor all winners at a later time.
To submit a piece, e-mail Elena Robles at firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed 2021 Student Release Form (below) and a photo of your artwork (PNG, JPEG or PDF).
***Please submit only one piece per email.