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Congressional Art Competition

The Office of Congresswoman Escobar will only accept physical submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition. 

Immigration by Brissa Cervantes from Riverside High School

 The Office of Congresswoman Escobar hosted an information session about the 2022 Congressional Art Competition on March 29, 2022. Watch here.

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.

Requirements:

The deadline to submit artwork is Friday, April 29, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. MT. Students can start submitting their work as early as Monday, April 25. 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:

  • Students should confirm that they reside in Texas’ 16th Congressional District by entering their residential address here.
  • Students must drop off their artwork at the District Office located at 221 N Kansas St, Suite 1500, 79901 between the hours of 9am-5:30pm on Monday, April 25-Friday, April 29. Artwork does not have to be framed.
  • All entrants must complete the 2022 Congressional Art Competition Student Information and Release Form and attach a printed and hand-signed copy to the back of their artwork.

For more information or assistance, contact Jazmine Venegas at Jazmine.Venegas@mail.house.gov, 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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