Art Competition


Accepting Submissions Until April 30th


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 winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include 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.

Our office is accepting submissions during the month of April. The final day to submit your work is April 30th. For more information, you can call our office at (202) 225-5476.

Art Competition Rules

Each student may submit one piece of artwork. There are no limits to the number submitted by each school. Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 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
  • Photography

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 scheduled to be posted in early February on House.gov.

Submission Instructions

Application must include:

  1. Artwork or picture of your artwork
  2. Student Information & Release Form
  3. 100-200 word summary of you piece

Submissions should be sent to my Des Moines District Office, at 400 East Court Ave Suite 346, Des Moines, IA 50309. Or, you can take a photo of your artwork and email it to IA03.ArtContest@mail.house.gov. Included with the artwork submission must be a Student Information & Release Form and a 100-200 word summary of you piece. These materials must be attached to the email or printed and sent with the artwork to the Des Moines Office.

Student Information & Release Form

The Student Information & Release form can be filled out below or downloaded here.

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Student Information
School Information
Entry Information

Print This Form

Please print and sign this form for submission after you click the Generate Application for Review button below. This form must be included with your artwork submission.