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Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Indiana's First 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 following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds including the frame. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.  Allowable media include:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

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).

There is no required theme for the submission; however, themes from Northwest Indiana, United States history, government, and culture are encouraged. The grand prize winner will have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, and will receive two (2) complimentary round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend a ceremony unveiling the artwork in Washington, D.C. All additional travel arrangements and expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. Please note an in-person ceremony is dependent on COVID-19 restrictions and CDC guidelines.  

The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are below:


    Artwork and release form must be submitted to my Merrillville District Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition please contact Samantha Salzeider at