Congressional Art Competition

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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.

My office will soon begin accepting submissions for 2018 Congressional Art Competition. All high school students of 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.


The following information is from the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The rules and guidelines below are subject to change and may not necessarily reflect those of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Additional information about the 2018 Congressional Art Competition will be posted to this webpage on or before March 1, 2018.


STEP 1: Preparing for submission

Please review the contest information below and complete the 2017 Student Information and Release form. This form must be submitted with all entries.

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:

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Collages
  • Prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital Art
  • Photography

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 Rhett Gum in my district office at

  • Student name, high school, year in school (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • 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 30, 2017. Should you have any questions, please contact Rhett Gum in my district office at 972-556-0162.

Good luck!



Matilda taking me around Dallas
Gabriel Ko

2015 Congressional Art Contest