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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

How to Participate

The 2021 Congressional Art Competition will be entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To participate, students must complete and upload their artwork via the Virtual Art Submission Form. Students must also complete and sign the 2021 Student Information & Release Form. The completed Student Information & Release Form can be uploaded via the Virtual Art Submission Form or emailed to a member of our staff.

Students, teachers, or parents with questions Congressional Art Competition can contact Jenny Herman in the Chicago office for more information. She can be reached at Jenny.Herman@mail.house.gov or by phone at (773) 267-5926.

Previous Congressional Art Competition Winners

Congressman Mike Quigley is excited to announce Milly Zhang, a student from Guerin College Prep, as the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District. 

Milly Zhang, first place winner, with her piece, “Still Life,” at a reception at Fannie’s Café.

Zhang’s watercolor painting of a flower, “Still Life,” will hang in the United States Capitol complex for the following year.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.