MALDEN, MA – Today, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-05) announced that her office is now accepting virtual submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. This year’s theme for the competition is ‘resilience’.

 “Our students have demonstrated incredible resilience throughout the pandemic and this year’s competition is an outlet for them to bring this experience to life through the creative process,” said Assistant Speaker Clark. “Art has the power to both inspire and connect us, and I am eager to see how our students showcase their talent in this year’s competition.”

 Public and private high school students in the 5th district are encouraged to participate in the Congressional Art Competition. 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 

Students should submit a scan or picture of the artwork along with their 2021 Student Release Form by 11:59PM EDT on Sunday, April 25th to To learn more about the submission requirements, please visit:

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