The Congressional Art Institute’s Rules and Regulations for the 2022 competition will be available soon.
Artwork entered in the contest may be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth and not weigh more than 15 pounds (even when framed). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
- Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
- Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
- Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
- Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
- Collages (must be two dimensional)
- Computer-generated art
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).
Competition Suitability Guidelines
Entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2022. The online submission must include a single entry and a completed Student Information & Release Form. No entry will be considered submitted without a completed Student Information & Release Form (including all signatures from student, parent/guardian and art teacher). We will only accept one entry per student. Once you have completed the Student Information & Release Form, submit your entry using this link or the button below.
Artist judges from across the District will select artwork from the submitted pieces for award. Winning selections will be announced by May 15, 2022.
The winning submission from the 8th District will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year alongside artwork from every Congressional District across the Nation.
In accordance with coronavirus public health guidelines and maximum social distancing precautions, all submissions will be featured in a virtual gallery in place of the traditional gallery exhibit at VisArts in Rockville. The 2022 virtual gallery can be viewed here. We look forward to a return of the in-person gallery display in 2023.
If you would like more information on the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Nina Weisbroth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-354-1000.