How to Enter the Art Competition


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 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.


  • Contact Octavia King (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in Rep. Edwards' office to confirm your participation and obtain specific guidance.
  • Review the 2016 Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers.
  • The 2016 Student Information/Release Form must be completed. Click here to view and fill it out.
  • Follow the Art Submission Checklist.
  • Submit to your representative by the deadline - Wednesday, April 13, 2016.


All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional
  • Be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 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.


For additional information, please contact Octavia King at (301) 516-7601.