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Art Competition

Due to the evolving situation with the Coronavirus public health crisis,  we are moving the 2020 Congressional Art Competition to an ALL-DIGITAL FORMAT.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Moving forward, we’ve extended the submission deadline: all entries must be submitted digitally no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Submission Guidelines

  • Digital images should be submitted as a JPEG clearly showing the entire work of art.  Entries must be e-mailed to
  • All entries must be submitted digitally no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, May 29, 2020.
  • The email should also include a copy of the Student Release Form which should be signed by the student and parent/guardian.  We recognize that teachers will not be able to sign this form, and our office will make necessary arrangements to acquire teacher signatures as needed when it is feasible to do so.
  • The 2020 Congressional Art Competition is only open to high school students (9th – 12th grades).
  • All artwork will be judged online by an independent panel of local artists.

Artwork Guidelines

  • The grand prize-winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the student earlier.  Students, therefore, should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.
  • Artwork must be created by a single student; no collaborations.
  • Each entry must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S copyright laws.  Note: Any entry which has been reproduced from an existing photo (other than student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.
  • Permissible media includes:
    • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.;
    • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers;
    • Collage: must be two dimensional;
    • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints;
    • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.;
    • Computer generated art;
    • Photography.
  • Size guidelines for submitted artwork:
    • Piece must be two-dimensional;
    • Each piece can be no larger than 26” (high) x 26” (wide) x 4” (deep) including frame;
    • Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.
  • The PA-17 winner is invited to attend the Congressional Art Competition Reception in Washington, DC on July 22, 2020.  The Congressional Institute is carefully monitoring this evolving situation will inform winners immediately of any updates or changes.
  • The grand prize artist is also eligible to receive two free round-trip tickets to attend the national winners’ reception in Washington, D.C. and a $3,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Click here for the full copy of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers.  If you have additional questions about the competition in PA-17, please email Congressman Lamb's team at or call (412) 344-5583.

Click here to view all of the 2019 winners.