Art Competition

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 Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.


The contest is open to all high school students in California's 15th Congressional District; a panel of local artists will select the winners. The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.


The deadline to submit artwork to the district office (3615 Castro Valley Blvd. in Castro Valley) is 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to  26” x 26” x 4” (including the frame), two-dimensional, and no heavier than 15 pounds. The artwork 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
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution, and must not violate U.S. copyright law. Work entered must be in the original medium - not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional Art Competition, contact my District Office at (510) 370-3322.


Read about last year's winners here.