Art Competition

We are now accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 Congressional Art Competition!

The submission period for the Spring 2021 Congressional Art Competition is now open and will run  through May 1, 2021. 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, celebrate, and encourage artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our district.The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students (9-12th grade) who either reside or attend school in Michigan’s 8th district. 

The piece awarded first place will be displayed for one year in the US Capitol. 

Artwork Entry Criteria: 

  • Must be two-dimensional and no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches

  • Must not weigh more than 15 pounds, including frame

  • Art pieces are NOT required to be framed for judging

  • Must have the 2021 Student Release Form secured with painters tape to the back of your piece.

  • Must be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate U.S. copyright laws

Submission Deadline and Instructions: 

  • 5pm on May 1, 2021 

  • Please submit a high-quality photo of the artwork in JPG format and a copy of the 2021 Student Release Form in PDF format to this file upload portal.

    • Entries that do not include both a release and a picture of the artwork will not be considered

  • Please format the name of your files as followed:



    • Medium types:

      • Painting

      • Photography

      • Drawing

      • Mixed Media

      • Other (ie. Computer-generated art, collages, etc.)

  • Due to COVID-19, we will not be collecting art submissions physically for judging but the entry criteria should still be followed.

 2021 Student Release Form

Submit your Artwork and Student Release form Here


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 and checklist for the 2021 competition can be found here.

If you would like more information on the Congressional Art Competition, please visit the Congressional Institute or contact Mona Shand at



Feel free to check out our 2020 virtual art exhibit by clicking here or by viewing it below.