Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winners of the Congressional Art Competition will have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for a full year and be invited to a ceremony in Washington, DC. All participating students from the 15th Congressional District will have their artwork displayed in the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art in Dubois. Students, friends, and family are invited to a reception to celebrate their work and meet the Congressman and local artists on Saturday, May 8 at 2:00 PM. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.
The deadline for the 2021 competition is April 30th.
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
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).
The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are now available on House.gov.
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please submit the following form.