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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, Congressman Forbes conducts an annual art competition for high school students. The Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” began in 1982, with nearly 5,000 local contests across the United States being conducted every year, involving more than 650,000 high school students. 

Through this competition, one student from Virginia’s 4th Congressional District will have the unique opportunity to have their artwork showcased in our Nation’s Capitol, alongside the creations of other student artists from all across the country. The winner is invited to Capitol Hill to meet Congressman Forbes and attend the annual unveiling ceremony.

General Competition Guidelines

  • The competition is open to high school students only
  • To be eligible to compete, students must be residents of the 4th district
  • The artwork must be two-dimensional
  • The framed artwork can be no larger than 28in x 28in
  • No more than 4 inches in depth
  • The framed artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds
  • Subject of artwork must be of a suitable nature to hang in the Capitol 
  • Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and must be accompanied by a signed Student Release Form by both teacher and the student to certify the originality of the piece
For a full list of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition guidelines, click here.

Acceptable Artwork Categories

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
  • Computer generated art
  • Photography

2015 Congressional Art Competition Winner
Madison Hodge, Chesterfield, VA 

Application Information

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