Each spring, the House of Representatives hosts the Congressional Art Competition -- a nationwide arts competition that recognizes and encourages the artistic talent of high school students throughout the country.
Who Can Participate?
The contest is open to all high school students in the 27th District, which includes San Marino, Sierra Madre, Alhambra, Arcadia, Bradbury, Claremont, Glendora, Monterey Park, Monrovia, Pasadena, Rosemead, South Pasadena, San Gabriel, Temple City, Upland, Altadena (unincorporated), San Antonio Heights (unincorporated), East Pasadena (unincorporated) and South San Gabriel (unincorporated).
The winner of the competition will have his or her art displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also showcase artwork from other contest winners nationwide.
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 32 inches by 32 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The entry piece may consist of the following:
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
- Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media
- Computer Generated Art; and
All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.
How to Apply
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines - click here to generate an application form.
History of the Contest
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the competition.