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.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark welcomes students from the 5th District to submit entries to her office, and a panel of district artists will select the winning entry. Winners are recognized both in the district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol! (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). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

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 Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:30pm to the District Office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark, 157 Pleasant St, Suite 4

Malden, MA 02148.