Art Competition

The 2021 Congressional Art Competition has concluded!

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students. The overall winners of each participating district will have their art displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

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.

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two-dimensional
  • Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick when framed
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds, including frame
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

An online gallery of last year's artwork and more information about the competition can be found here.

Important Information and Deadlines

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Congressional Art Competition has been delayed and is subject to further changes closer to the event. Students may have issues getting their teacher to sign the release form due to current distance learning situations, so when completing the form, the student may attach an email from the art teacher certifying originality.

Submission Deadline: Passed

Mail artwork to: 

Congressman Jeff Duncan's Office
Attn: Mario Starace
303 West Beltline Blvd
Anderson, SC 29625

All submissions must include the student release form. Please see the rules for students and teachers attachment for additional details. If you have any questions, please contact Mario Starace in my Anderson office at (864) 224-7401 or