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Congressional Art Competition 2020

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent throughout the nation. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in representing all congressional districts.


I am proud to have the opportunity to select a new student to represent California’s 35th Congressional District, which includes Bloomington, Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, and portions of Fontana (South of Interstate 210) and Rialto (South of Foothill Boulevard). The culmination of the competition will be the year-long display of the winning artwork in the U.S. Capitol Complex. You do not need to be an art student to enter or to win. There is no fee to enter or participate.


To enter competition:

1) High School students MUST reside in California's 35th Congressional District.

2)  Please submit the Student Information & Release Form located below. This form must be filled out and attached to the back of the art, and received no later than 5:00 p.m. PT, Friday, May 22, 2020

***Please note: By submitting your work, you are abiding by the guidelines outlined in the 2020 Student Information & Release Form***

3) Deadline to submit: 5:00 p.m. PT,  Friday, May 22nd

4) Vote for your art on Facebook: All Artwork will be posted on May 25th. Contestants with the MOST likes by May 29th at 5 p.m. PT will be determined the winner. 

All submitted artwork must adhere to the Congressional Art Competition Rules.  Rules will be displayed on the Congresswoman's Facebook page for public display. 


Announcement of the winner will be posted on May 30th at 5 p.m. PT


The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 35th District. 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. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.


The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

The competition is open to high school students. Members may choose whether to include 7th and 8th grade students in the art competition if schools located in their districts house 7th through 12th grades on one campus. Teachers and/or students should verify their eligibility with the office of the Member of Congress.


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, DC, 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


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:


Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).


Artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel for the duration of the exhibition. Students should only submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.


If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please email

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