Congressional Art Competition

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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 Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) in Florida’s 27th Congressional District. The over-all winner of our District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington, D.C. will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Artwork Theme for 2020: Unity
Participants are expected to submit their artwork based on the theme- to their interpretation of the word.

How to Apply:

To enter, students must submit a digital form below and also send a digital version of their artwork to by Friday, May 22, 2019 at 6 p.m. EST. The digital submission must include a single entry and a completed Student Information & Release Form. No entry will be considered submitted without a completed Student Information & Release Form (including all signatures from student, parent/guardian and art teacher-- Due to COVID-19, we will accept a copy of an email from art teacher certifying originality of artwork). We will only accept one entry per student. All entries will be posted online for the public to vote for the top three winners, who will be announced on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Students must fill out this form before digitally submitting artwork: : 2020 Congressional Art Competition

Winners must submit original artwork to:

Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala
RE: Congressional Art Competition
7700 N. Kendall Dr. #605
Miami, FL 33156

Rules and Regulations include the following:

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional
  • Artwork can be no larger than 26” x 26” and 4” deep, including the frame
  • No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds

Artwork Options are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Each entry must be an original in concept, design and execution. Otherwise, artwork will NOT be accepted.

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 nationwide competition.


Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, our office and the Congressional Institute have decided to push back the deadlines for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

  • May 22 – Artwork submission deadline: All forms and artwork need to be digitally submitted to
  • May 25 - 31 – Public voting on finalists' artwork will take place through our site 
  • June 1 – Top 3 winners will be announced
  • June  10 – Winners' original artwork must be mailed to District Office - 7700 N Kendall Dr. Suite 605, Miami, FL 33156
  • July 22 –  The Congressional Art Competition will take place in Washington, DC for all first place winners.

Additional rules include:

  • Submit artwork along with Student Release Form: 2020 Student Release Form
  • Student participants must reside in Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Find your District here: Find Your Representative
  • We strongly encourage all artwork to be framed to avoid damages. Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws.


  • The artwork for the winning student from each Congressional District will be displayed in the United States Capitol for 11 months.
  • Southwest Airlines will offer each first-place Congressional Art Competition winner two round-trip tickets to attend the reception in June. Ticket holders must fly into Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Reagan National Airport (DCA), or Dulles International Airport (IAD). Validity dates TBD on the date of the National Reception.
  • The Savannah College of Art and Design will offer a scholarship of $3,000 to each Congressional Art Competition winner who enrolls at the institution. 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.

Forms and Documents:

2020 Congressional Art Competition
2020 Student Release Form
2020 Rules for Students and Teachers
2020 Art Submission Checklist
A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism

Submission deadline: Friday May 22, 2020