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 2nd District, exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country, and will also be featured on the House of Representative's Congressional Art Competition page.
General Congressional Art Competition Rules & Guidelines:
All artwork entered in the contest must be no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches, and up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions and weight.
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
- Collages - must be two dimensional
- Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Computer-generated art
All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any 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. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).
The deadline for submission is Tuesday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. Students can deliver submissions to the Tucson district office at 4400 East Broadway Blvd., Suite 510 or the Sierra Vista district office at 77 Calle Portal, Suite B-160.
When preparing for the competition, please use the 2016 Art Submission Checklist.
All participants must complete the 2016 Student Information and Release form below to participate in this year's competition. Click HERE for additional information on competition rules and guidelines.