2016 Annual D.C. Congressional Art Competition

2016 Annual D.C. Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

With the due date for art of April 22, 2016 approaching, Congresswoman Norton’s office would like you or your child to participate! The District competition is open to all D.C. school students in grades 8-12. The winning artwork will hang for one year in the U.S. Capitol in a national exhibit of winning artwork from the congressional district of every member of the House of Representatives. Since the inception of the competition 1982, nearly 10,000 competitions have been conducted throughout the country involving more than 900,000 high school students.

The winners will be announced at a reception in May 2016 where all the artwork entered into the competition will be displayed! We will also recognize art teachers of the winning students.  Then, the District winner and his/her guest will accompany Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton at the opening ceremony of the National Exhibit beginning with a National Reception at the U.S. Capitol, attended by members of Congress and celebrities. This opening is a significant congressional event with refreshments and entertainment by famous stars.  Over the past years, D.C. students have always presented artwork that has earned tremendous praise from local and national art educators, experts, and enthusiast.  

For more information visit the official website.

DC Art Competition 2016

Below are links for the competition materials:

2016 Art Competition Flyer

Competition Guidelines 2016

Student Entry Form 2016