Congressional Art Competition

* Update on the 2020 Art Competition *

Every spring, a national high school student arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the awesome artistic talent of our nation’s young artists.  

This year, the Coronavirus pandemic posed a significant challenge for both the submission and exhibition of students’ artwork. Schools across the 8th District closed before the submission deadline for the competition, and Governor Hogan ordered all Maryland residents to stay at home. Despite these overwhelming obstacles, many high school students who live in the 8th were able to submit their artwork.

In honor of those efforts, I am happy to announce a virtual gallery showcasing all of the art submitted to my Congressional Art Competition. You can visit the gallery here. The gallery will be available online until further notice. 

This year's winner is "Mastery" by Chunlin An of Walt Whitman High School.

We also have 18 second-place honorees, including: Alex Li (Alone); Aurea Sellmeyer (Time); Devon Elliot (Yellowstone Pen and Ink Landscape); Gisselle Arias (Lost in Sound); Grace Tang (My Dog); Henry Haddon (Quiet Solitude); Isabella Khoury (Sammy); Jared Fischer (Balance); Jennifer Li (Hidden Faces); Jiahe Jin (A Pinch of Love); Julie Solonsky (Fireflies); Lillian Broeksmit (Ethereal Glow);  Lily Chung (Warped Lenses); Lindsay Gaiser (Sea Turtle Composite); Mikayla Castaldi (Torn); Nadine Vos (Green Apples and Drinks); Yunshu (Peter) Qiu (Two Wolves).

The first-place winning submission from our District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol tunnel to the Cannon House Office Building, which is traveled by hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. The Capitol exhibit includes winning artwork from all participating Congressional Districts across the country.  These pieces are also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.  Artwork awarded second place and pieces given an Honorable Mention will be displayed in my district office in Rockville.

I would like to thank VisArts (155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850) for providing the online submission portal which enabled us to safely receive and judge the art.  VisArts has been a magnificent partner with us in this annual display of youthful creativity and vision, and we thank our friends at VisArts especially this year for their flexibility and unwavering support.  And we thank all of our student entrants for their impressive hard work. 

 Competition Eligibility

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who live in the 8th Congressional District. If you're not sure if you live in the 8th District, you can look up your congressional district here. You can also call Rep. Raskin's office at 301-354-1000 and provide your street address and zip code to a staff member who will be able to help you.

Competition Rules 

The 2020 Rules and Regulations are available here. The Rules for Students and Teachers must be followed to assure acceptance into the Exhibition.

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

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
  • Photographs

​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

Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. Each Member of Congress will be required to submit a letter of support confirming that the Member has determined that the winning artwork adheres to the Commission’s policy. However, if another Member of Congress requests review of any artwork for compliance with the Commission’s policy, the final decision regarding the artwork’s suitability for display will be made by the Commission.

To Apply

Entries must be submitted digitally no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 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. 

Award Notification

Artist judges from across the district will select artwork from the submitted pieces for inclusion in the exhibition.  Student artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by March 31, 2020.  Selected entries will be exhibited at VisArts (155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850) from April 29, 2020 through May 10, 2020.

The Congressional Art Competition illustrates the importance of arts education in high schools. Our reception will showcase the student entries and we will announce the competition winners. The grand prize-winning entry will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol alongside artwork from every congressional district across the country.  In addition, the runners-up will have their work displayed in my congressional offices.