Rep. Newhouse Announces 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition

April 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced the start of the third annual Congressional Art Competition for the 4th District, inviting all high school students in Central Washington to participate. Every spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition. Last year’s winner was Audra Coulson from Wahluke High School in Mattawa for submitting the winning entry, Soul Sisters. The winning entry will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, and this year’s winner will receive two airline tickets to visit Washington, D.C. and attend a reception hosted by the Congressional Institute. You can learn more about the competition here.

“The Congressional High School Art Competition has enabled our region’s high school students to showcase their talent and artistic skill in the nation’s capital,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I am proud to display previous winning entries, and I encourage all high school students in Central Washington to take this opportunity to submit their favorite artwork.”

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 4th District. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page. Additionally, honorable mention winners will be invited to have their art work hang in one of Rep. Newhouse’s district offices. 

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 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
  • Photography

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).

All artwork must be submitted by April 27th, 2017 to one of the District offices listed below. Please call to schedule a time for artwork to be dropped off.

Tri-Cities District Office               

3100 George Washington            

Suite 135

Richland, WA 99354                    

Phone: (509) 713-7374                                


Yakima District Office              

402 E. Yakima Ave.

Suite 445

Yakima, WA 98901

Phone:  (509) 452-3243                        


North District: Okanogan and Douglas Counties


Twisp, WA 98856

Phone:  (509) 433-7760                           


All entries will need to fill out the online release form by the artist here. The honorable mention winners will hang in district offices in Yakima and Richland for the same duration of time as the 1st place winner’s entry. There is no limit to the amount of students from one school that can submit a piece of art, but each student can only submit one entry.  For additional information please contact Matt Pettit at (202) 225-5816 or at