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 is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district.
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 nation-wide competition.
An Artistic Discovery is open to all high school students. The over-all winner of each participating district will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.
Artwork must be 2D and weigh less than 15lbs. Must also be original in concept, design, and execution; may not violate any US copyright laws. Accepted mediums include:
- Paintings, drawings, 2D collages, prints, mixed media, photography, or computer-generated art
An online gallery of last year's artwork can be found here.
Important Information and Deadlines
If you are interested in participating in Congressman Duncan's 2014 Congressional Art Competition, please read over the Guidelines for Students and Teachers here.
**IMPORTANT: Winning artwork must be framed and may be no larger than 28''x28''x4'', including the frame.**
Prize package includes two round-trip tickets from GSP to BWI for the winner's reception on Capitol Hill in June (date TBD).
The Savannah College of Art and Design will also offer a scholarship of $3,000 to each Congressional Art Competition winner who enrolls there. From SCAD: As a Congressional Art [Competition] District First Place winner, one may be eligible to receive a $3,000 per year scholarship to SCAD, should one apply and be accepted for enrollment. Accepted students may be eligible for additional scholarships based on their academic credentials, documented awards and recognition, extracurricular activities, volunteer or professional experience, and talents.
All entrants must submit a Student Information and Release form with their artwork, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Deadline for submission is 5PM Friday, April 25, 2014. Entrants should submit their artwork, along with their release form to:
The Office of Congressman Jeff Duncan
Attn: Jordan Sherer
303 West Beltline Blvd
Anderson, SC 29625
Contact Jordan Sherer (864) 224-7401