Congressional Art Competition the deadline for participation in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition is Friday, April 26th at 5:00pm. Entries should be submitted to my Albany district office, which recently relocated to 19 Dove St, Suite 302, Albany NY 12210. If you have any questions or concerns, please call my staff at (518) 465-0700.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the United States and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.  It is my privilege to promote the Congressional Art Competition each year so that the many talented high school students of the 20th Congressional District can be recognized for their artistic endeavors.

I encourage all Capital Region school districts to take advantage of this contest, and may submit up to three entries to my office on behalf of their students. An independent panel of judges will determine our district’s winner, and runners up, who will be announced at our office’s reception, which takes place in May of each year.  The winner will then have their artwork shipped to Washington, D.C. for display in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

All entries are subject to the following requirements, which have been recently updated:

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional.
  • Each piece must be no larger than 26”x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep) and cannot weigh more than 15lbs, including the frame. The overall winning piece will be subject to more stringent frame and mounting requirements before being sent to Washington, D.C. for display. Due to wide participation, framed works larger than the specified dimensions will be turned away by the House Office Building Commission.
  • Artwork accepted mediums 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)
  • Collage: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated Art
  • Photography

A TYPED label with the following information must be securely attached to the back of the artwork :

    • Student name
    • Grade
    • School name
    • Student home address, phone number and email
    • Parent/Guardian name and contact information (telephone number and email address)
    • Art teacher name and contact information (telephone number and email address)
    • Title of entry, medium, dimensions and brief description of the piece

The overall winner will be required to complete and sign a Student Information and Release Form, which will be provided by my office following our annual reception recognizing the winners.

Information regarding deadlines, the competition’s rules and regulations, as well as the date of my office’s reception for students, teachers, and their families will be provided by my office to each school district at the beginning of the calendar year. This information should be shared with students as soon as possible.  

Any questions about the competition should be directed to my Albany District office, at 518-465-0700.

Additional information for students and teachers regarding the Congressional Art Competition is also available on the House of Representatives website.

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Washington D.C. Office

2369 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5076
(202) 225-5077

Albany Office

19 Dove Street, Suite 302
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 465-0700
(518) 427-5107

Schenectady Office

105 Jay Street, Room 15
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 374-4547
(518) 374-7908

Amsterdam Office

61 Church Street, Room 309
Amsterdam, NY 12010
(518) 843-3400
(518) 843-8874