Congressional Art Competition

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Congressman Marc Veasey would like to invite students to participate in our Annual Congressional Art Competition. This competition is open to any high school student who resides in Congressional District 33. We will accept art work from around the district and host a reception to announce the competition’s winner. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to attend a reception in their honor in Washington, DC. In addition, the winning student’s artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for a year.

Important Dates and Deadlines:
April 23, 2021: Deadline to submit artwork to our office on our website.

Participant Guidelines:
The Congressional Art Competition is open to high school students only. All participants must reside within Congressional District 33 - this means the student must live within the boundaries of District 33.

Art Guidelines:
Artwork must be two-dimensional.

Each piece can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be required to be framed and must still adhere to the size guidelines. (The Congressman’s office will arrange for framing services for the winner)

Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

Artwork accepted mediums 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.)
  • Collage: 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
  • Photography

The Congressional Art Competition Rules and Regulations can be found here.

Each entry 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 (not the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person 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).

Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Student Information and Release Form:

Each entrant must submit a Student Information and Release Form.

The information requested on the first page of the form should be provided as thoroughly as possible. Students should list their mailing addresses, if different from their residential addresses. The form requires a description of the artwork, which should be detailed, clearly identifying the major elements of the work. For example, “self-portrait” or “a picture of two people” would be unacceptable, due to the large number of works that would fit that description. “A painting of two people; the one on the left wears a green sweater and khaki pants; the one on the right wears a black shirt and a striped skirt. A dog sits at their feet” is an example of an acceptable description. The second page of the Student Information and Release Form contains a legal release and a certification that the artwork is original in design and execution. The student, an art teacher, and a parent or guardian must sign where appropriate. Entries without signed originality certifications and artwork releases may not be accepted.

TYPED copy of the Student Release Form, signed by, both, the teacher, a parent or guardian, and the student, must be securely attached to the back of the artwork to certify the originality of the piece.

Submission Guidelines:
All submissions will be due on April 16, 2021. 


Dallas District Office

1881 Sylvan Avenue, Ste. #108

Dallas, Texas, 75208.

(214) 741-1387.


Tarrant District Office

6707 Brentwood Stair Road, Ste. #200

Fort Worth, Texas, 76112.

(817) 920-9086.

Please refer all questions and inquiries to Arturo Viera (email: or on the below form. (* indicates information that you must provide)

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.


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