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Art Competition

Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) is now accepting entries for the annual Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide competition for high school students in grades 9-12 interested in the arts and looking for an opportunity to showcase their creativity.  Sponsored by the Congressional Institute, the annual contest recognizes young artists across the nation and is open to all high school students living in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District.  Submissions are due to one of Congressman Lamb’s district offices by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020.

2020 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines
U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb (PA-17)

The 2020 Congressional Art Competition is only open to high school students (9th – 12th grades).

Each high school is invited to submit up to six entries in this year’s competition.  All artwork will be judged by an independent panel of local artists. 

Although high schools may serve multiple Congressional Districts, the winning student must be a resident of PA-17.  To confirm your Representative, please visit:

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.  The submission must be the original artwork, and not a scanned copy.  For more information on copyright laws, please click here.

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.

Delivery guidelines:

  • A copy of the Student Release Form, signed by the teacher, student and parent/guardian, must be attached to the back of each piece of artwork to certify the originality of the piece.  Artwork does not need to be created in art class.  If this is the case, in lieu of the art teacher signature, the student can get an independent art instructor, or parent/guardian to sign.
  • The deadline for the artwork submission and Student Release Form is Monday, April 13, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. to one of Congressman Lamb’s district offices:

Beaver County
3468 Brodhead Road
Monaca, PA 15061
(724) 206-4860

Mt. Lebanon
504 Washington Road 
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(412) 344-5583                                                 

Penn Hills
11 Duff Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(412) 871-2060

The grand prize-winning artwork will hang in 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.

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 contact Reenie Kuhlman at (412) 344-5583.

Click here to view all of the 2019 winners.