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Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school art 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. Click here to view the 2019 entries.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the Third District. The overall winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Click here to see the 2019 winning piece by Nick Ensing of Northview High School. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide. Click here to view the galleries of previous Third District art competitions.

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, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • 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).

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, please contact our Grand Rapids office at (616) 451-8383.

PDF icon2020 ArtFest Entry Form.pdf

PDF icon2020 ArtFest Important Dates to Remember.pdf

PDF icon2020 ArtFest Intent to Participate.pdf

PDF icon2020 ArtFest Packet.pdf

PDF icon2020 ArtFest Rules and Regulations.pdf