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Art Competition


Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students who live or attend school in the 50th Congressional District. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The winning selection will also be featured on's Congressional Art Competition page and may also be featured on the Office of Congressman Issa website and social media.


The 2021 competition deadline for submitting Artwork to the Office of Congressman Darrell Issa is 4pm PT April 23, 2021.


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

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and should not weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • 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).

For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you visit here.


Submissions are due to the Office of Congressman Issa by 4pm PT April 23, 2021.

To participate, please submit a high-resolution photo your artwork (jpeg or png format) and the 2021 Student Release Form to

The subject line should follow the following format [Full Student Name]: [School] CA 50 Issa Art Competition.

The Office reserves the right to share the winning and runner(s) up art on the website and social media with student recognition.


The Office of Congressman Darrell Issa will select a winning entrant to represent the 50th Congressional District.

If your artwork is selected by the Office as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger and no heavier than the above maximum dimensions.  Details regarding the framing, here.

Artwork will hang in the Capitol tunnel from Cannon for duration of the exhibition.  Students should only submit pieces they will not need for other purposes.


With questions please contact our California office, team member Amy Walker at or 760-304-7575.