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Congressional Art Competition

The Office of Congresswoman Escobar is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation across Texas’ 16th Congressional District. The health and safety of our community is a top concern for our office. Given the situation, we will only accept submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition electronically

On March 31, 2021, the Office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) hosted the 2021 Congressional Art Competition Virtual Information Session with the 2020 Congressional Art Competition winner, judges, and former participants to provide information about the competition. Click here to watch.

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 open to all high school students in the District.

The winner of the Texas’ 16th Congressional District competition will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building. The exhibit in Washington D.C. will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.


The deadline to electronically submit artwork is Friday, April 30, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. MT. Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

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

How to submit:

We recognize that many students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form due to school closures. If they are unable to do so, they may indicate their teacher's support another way. For instance, when submitting the form, the student may attach an email from an art teacher certifying the artwork's originality.

For more information or assistance, contact Jazmine Venegas at, or call (915) 541-1400. Click here for a Frequently Asked Question Sheet.

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you visit the Scholastic website.

For more information about the Congressional Art Competition and to view the artwork of last year’s winner, click here.

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