Each year the U.S. House of Representatives hosts a nationwide visual art competition for high school students in order to encourage and recognize artistic talent in each of the nation’s congressional districts. Throughout the time my office has taken part in the Congressional Art Competition, we have received incredible work from the talented young artists of Texas’ 24th Congressional District. Last year we received a record number of entries – all of which were outstanding – and we look forward to seeing more great work this year.
HOW TO ENTER
My office is now accepting submissions for 2018 Congressional Art Competition. All high school students residing in the 24th District are invited to enter for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for a full year, where it will be seen by hundreds of visitors each day.
To submit an entry, please follow the steps below and carefully review the important contest dates and guidelines. All entries must adhere to these rules and be submitted to my office by Midnight Sunday, April 15, 2018 in order to be eligible for consideration.
Please Note: Entries may only be submitted by students living in the 24th Congressional District. Students residing in another district may contact their respective Member of Congress to submit artwork for the Congressional Art Competition. You can confirm your congressional district by entering your home zip code in the “Find your Representative” section located HERE
STEP 1: PREPARING FOR SUBMISSION
Please review the contest information below and complete the 2018 Student Information and Release form. This form must be submitted with each entry.
Each contestant may submit up to three pieces of artwork. Official contest rules require that all entries meet the following criteria:
- Be two dimensional
- Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick when framed
- Not weigh more than 15 pounds, including frame
- Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
Permitted mediums for the Congressional Art Competition are as follows:
- Mixed Media
- Digital Art
THEME BONUS: 24th District
There are no restrictions on the subject matter of a contestant’s work, however, a bonus will be awarded during scoring for pieces that represent or reflect the 24th Congressional District of Texas. Local, patriotic, Texan, or western themes may also be considered for additional bonus points.
STEP 2: SUBMITTING YOUR WORK
To submit an entry, please email the following information to my district office at TX24ARTCOMPETITION@mail.house.gov.
- Student name, high school, grade, and Art Teacher
- Title and dimensions of piece
- Completed Student Information and Release form
- JPEG image of the artwork with the student name and title of the work included in the file name (i.e., Last Name, First Name_ARTWORKTITLE.jpg)
- PLEASE NOTE: Artwork file sizes must be small enough to email
Teachers are welcome to submit artwork on behalf of their students by following the same instructions as above. Students and teachers are also welcome to request different methods of submitting work to my office if there is any inconvenience.
Again, the entry deadline for this year’s Congressional Art Competition is midnight on Sunday April 15, 2018. Should you have any questions, please contact my district office at 972-556-0162.
2017 GRAND PRIZE WINNER FROM THE 24TH DISTRICT:
Lazy Day in Downtown Carrollton
2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER FROM THE 24TH DISTRICT:
Matilda taking me around Dallas