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Congressman Conor Lamb

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania

Art Competition

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 (CAC) is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District.

Congressman Conor Lamb is now accepting entries for the competition, which is open to all high school students in grades 9-12 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's Congressional Art Competition page.  The second, third and fourth and place winning entries will be displayed for one year in Congressman Lamb’s Washington, DC, Allegheny County and Beaver County offices respectively.

Every participant must print out and complete a Student Information and Release form which can be downloaded by clicking here.  Artwork cannot be accepted without an attached fully-completed release form. All entries will be accepted at either of my District Offices (addresses below) by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019:

Allegheny County Office
504 Washington Road         
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(412) 344-5583

Beaver County Office
3468 Brodhead Road, Suite #1
Monaca, PA 15061
(724) 206-4860

You can find a full list of rules and regulations for students and teachers in PA-17 by clicking here and for any additional questions or information please feel free to contact Reenie Kuhlman in the Allegheny County District Office (412) 344-5583.  The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules and regulations for students in PA-17:

Artwork entered in the contest can be no larger than 26” (high) x 26” (wide) x 4” (deep) including frame.  The piece must be two-dimensional, and permissible media includes:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: 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
  • Photographs

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).  For more information on copyright laws, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Congressman Lamb invites all participating students, parents and teachers to the 17th Congressional District Art Competition Exhibit & Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 13 from 6 – 8p.m. at the Barazzone Center at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus (6035 Ridge Road, Richland Township, PA 15044). 

At the event, artwork from all participating students will be exhibited, and light refreshments will be served.  Each student will receive a congressional certificate commemorating their participation, and Congressman Lamb will announce the top four winners.