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Congressional Art Competition

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 an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 3rd District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The artwork may be

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

Submission locations and due dates are as follows:

  • Fort Smith District Office (6101 Phoenix Avenue, Suite 4): April 25th, by 5 p.m.
  • Rogers District Office (3333 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Suite 120): April 25th, by 5 p.m.

Please submit the following forms along with your artwork:

2023 Rules for Students and Teachers

2023 Student Release Form

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

For general information regarding the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please visit the official website for the Congressional Art Competition. If you have further questions on Third District deadlines or other inquiries, please contact my office at 479-464-0446 or speak with an art teacher at your high school.

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