2021 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
Members of the US House of Representatives sponsor a national arts competition each spring. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the art competition will be held virtually.
The deadline for submissions is Friday April 23, 2021. Students can submit their artwork from the convenience of their own home by using our online submission form, which you can find by clicking below.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who live or attend a high in the 6th Congressional District. If you’re not sure if you live in the 6th District, you can look up your congressional district here. You can also call Rep. Trone’s office at 301-926-0300 and provide your street address and zip code to a staff member who will be able to help you. The winning artwork from our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The Capitol exhibit includes 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.
COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Rules for Students and Teachers must be followed to ensure acceptance into the Exhibition.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork entered in the contest may be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth and not weigh more than 15 pounds (even when framed). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork 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.)
- Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
- Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Collages (must be two dimensional)
- Computer-generated art
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).
COMPETITION SUITABILITY GUIDELINES
Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. Each Member of Congress will be required to submit a letter of support confirming that the Member has determined that the winning artwork adheres to the Commission’s policy. However, if another Member of Congress requests review of any artwork for compliance with the Commission’s policy, the final decision regarding the artwork’s suitability for display will be made by the Commission.
This year, Representative Trone will be holding an online-only Art Competition. Entries must be submitted digitally no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday April 23, 2021 to our online portal here. Each submission must be made through the Google Form and must be filled out completely including a picture of the student’s artwork (preferably HD). No entry will be considered unless submitted through a completed Google Submission Form. We will only accept one entry per student.
For questions please email Trone.Art@mail.house.gov or call our District office at 301-926-0300.