An Artistic Discovery is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by members of Congress in their respective districts. Since the competition was first founded in 1981 nearly 4,500 local contests have been conducted that have involved more than 650,000 high school students. Each member of Congress brings the overall winning entry from their local district competitions back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor leading to the United States Capitol for one year.
High school students from Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles counties who reside in the 23rd Congressional District can submit artwork on a wide variety of subjects and mediums. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Entries will be accepted digitally by submitting a high-resolution photo, as well as a photo of a completed release form to: CA23Art@mail.house.gov. The winning entry will be displayed in a corridor leading to the United States Capitol for one year.
The artwork must be an original concept, two dimensional and no larger than 26” x 26” (the measurement should allow for framing) and 4” in depth. Paintings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, etc.), computer generated art, photography, drawings, collages and prints (lithographs, silk screens, monotypes, woodcuts and intaglio methods) are acceptable and should not weigh more than 15 lbs. Further guidelines for this year’s competition are available here.
The student release form must be signed by the teacher, parent or guardian (if the student is not 18) AND the student to certify the originality of each piece. You can find the form here.
Additional awards will be given to those who place first, second, and third in the following three categories: photography, computer generated art, and artwork of all other mediums.
Submissions are now closed for 2021.
Congrats to 2021 Winner, Aubrey Olsen!
Fabric Study, Aubrey Olsen, Independence High School.
You can view the online gallery for the 2021 Art Competition here.