The Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability.

The Congressional Art Competition recognizes the creativity and artistic expression of high school students from across the country.  The winning artwork from each Congressional District will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  I encourage all high school students to submit their artwork, and I look forward to meeting Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District winner in April, and all of this year’s winners in June.

The grand prize is two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The winner is also eligible to receive a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Winners were announced at a reception in the atrium of the Arkansas Education Television Network on April 8, 2013. You can view photos from the 2013 Congressional Art Competition Awards Reception on Facebook.


April 9, 2014, 5:00 PM CT

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Computer Generated Art

All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason McGehee at or (501) 324-5941.