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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 the 4th District of Washington.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 4th 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.  Additionally, honorable mention pieces will be invited to have their art work hang in one of my 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

Click here for complete rules and guidelines. 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). For more information on copyright laws, see the Scholastic website

All artwork must be submitted by April 26, 2019 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 Way, Suite 130
Richland, WA 99354                   
Phone: (509) 713-7374                                

Yakima District Office              

402 E. Yakima Ave., Suite 1000
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone:  (509) 452-3243                        

All entries must be submitted with a release form signed by the student, a parent, and art teacher. Click here for the 2019 Student Information & Release Form. 

The 2nd and 3rd place 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 Johnny Alavez at (202) 225-5816 or at Johnny.Alavez@mail.house.gov.