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Art Competition


The 2021 Congressional Art Competition is open to high school students in grades 9 through 12.  All entries must be submitted digitally no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, April 26, 2021.  

2021 Congressional Art Competition

Rules & Guidelines for PA-17 Students

  • Students should submit a digital image as a JPEG/JPG clearly showing the entire work of art.  Entries must be e-mailed to
    • The PA-17 grand prize-winning artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the 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.
    • Congressman Lamb’s District Office will coordinate getting the grand prize artwork to the Capitol and will make necessary arrangements with the PA-17 winner.
  • Each entrant must submit a TYPED copy of the Student Information and Release Form, signed by the teacher, a parent or guardian, and the student, which can also be emailed to
    • The information requested on the first page of the form should be provided as thoroughly as possible. The form requires a description of the artwork, which should be detailed, clearly identifying the major elements of the work. For example, “self-portrait” or “a picture of two people” would be unacceptable, since many artworks would fit those descriptions. The following is an example of a useful description: “A painting of two people; the person on the left wears a green sweater and khaki pants; the person on the right wears a black shirt and a striped skirt.  A dog sits at their feet.”
    • The second page of the Student Information and Release Form contains a legal release and a certification that the artwork is original in design and execution.  The student, an art teacher, and a parent or guardian must sign where appropriate.  Entries without signed originality certifications and artwork releases may not be accepted.
  • 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;
    • Piece can be no larger than 26” (high) x 26” (wide) x 4” (deep) even when framed (note that only the winning artwork will be required to be framed to be hung at the Capitol); and
    • Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.
  • The grand prize artist is eligible to receive two free round-trip tickets to attend the national winners’ reception in Washington, D.C. (date TBA).

Please contact Congressman Lamb's office at (412) 344-5583 or email if you have additonal questions.