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Your art could hang in the U.S. Capitol!

Matt Jens, 2018 Congressional Art Competition winner

About the Competition

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.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon Tunnel.

This year’s theme for the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District is “2020: New Decade, New Hopes”. Students should submit artwork that reflects their contemplation of this theme.

The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork 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, you must frame it in a wooden or metal frame and send to D.C. independently. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Further details are available at

Public and private high school students in the 5th district are encouraged to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congresswoman Clark. 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 

The winner will have their original artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for the following year. 

To apply, original artwork with all required forms and a completed checklist should be submitted Thursday, April 30th 2020, by 5pm to the Congresswoman's Malden District Office, 157 Pleasant St, Suite 4, Malden, MA 02148. 


Link to 2020 Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers:


Link to 2020 Student Release Form: