Art Competition

Every year, the United States House of Representatives sponsors a Congressional Art Competition for high school students across our nation. The annual competition provides an opportunity for students across the country to exhibit their artwork and receive national recognition. It also demonstrates the important role that the arts play in American society. The first-place winning entry from each congressional district is displayed in the corridor tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, where it is seen by thousands of people.



2021 Congressional Art Competition

This year students will be able to submit their artwork and the additional information online through a Google form by May 1, 2021. We hope this will make the art competition more accessible to all students. On May 5, we will be hosting a virtual reception for all the students who submitted an entry and Congresswoman Maloney will announce the winner. The winner’s artwork will be hung in the Capitol Complex for a year and each winner will also receive 2 free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines to attend a winners' reception in Washington D.C.  We are also looking for people who would be willing to serve on our judging panel. If you are interested in serving as a judge, please complete this form. Below, there are some more details about the Congressional Art Competition, but if you have any further questions feel free to reach out to our office here.


Who: The Congressional Art Competition is open to any high school student who attends school or lives in New York's 12th Congressional District. If a student lives in one district and goes to school in a different district they must choose only one district competition to participate in.


What: Each student can submit one art piece for consideration. It must be a two- dimensional piece that can be hung on the wall. We will frame the winning piece but once framed the piece must be less than 15 pounds. The piece also must be no larger than 26x26x4 once framed. Students may use any medium they like as long as those requirements are met. All work submitted must be an original work of art and cannot reproduce an image from the work of a third party. You may view the complete rules here.


When: The student submission form is now live. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2021.


How: Students can submit their art piece and additional information here.

Art teachers interested in serving on the judging panel should complete this form.