Each spring, I have the great honor of hosting the Congressional Art Competition for high school students in my district. Encouraging and recognizing young artists is an amazing experience, and I appreciate the creativity and authenticity that students display in their artwork. Thousands of students in every district across the country participate in this annual event, each competing for the opportunity to represent their district and display their artwork in the Capitol. Only one student in each district will achieve this honor, and it could be you!

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 44th Congressional District of California. A team of local artists and community members review all entries and determine first, second, and third place winners. The first place winner’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel for one year, along with winners from across the country. The piece awarded second place will hang in my Washington D.C. office, and the artwork awarded third place will hang in the San Pedro office. In addition to these honors, each winning artist will receive a scholarship to continue their studies and talents.

If you have any questions or concerns about participating in this event, please contact our Art Competition Coordinator at 310-831-1799, or at Francisco.Lopez@mail.house.gov.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages – must be two dimensional
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media – use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).