Congressional Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition

Every year, the 49th District holds a Congressional art competition for public, private, and home-school high school students to compete for best artwork of the year. The winning entry is displayed as part of an art installation in the U.S. Capitol Building along with other winning submissions from around the country for an entire year. The winning artist will receive recognition from Congressman Issa and winners will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to visit the Nation’s capital and attend an exclusive reception inside the U.S. Capitol Building honoring the country's winners.

We encourage you to participate!



Guidelines for Artwork:

- Artwork must be two-dimensional

- Each piece must be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” – including the frame

- Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs

- Work entered must be the original

- All work submitted must be framed or have reinforced backing and be ready to hang on the exhibition wall.

Acceptable mediums for submissions

- Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor etc.

- Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, markers, pastels, charcoal (pastel and charcoal drawings should be fixed)

- Collage: must be two dimensional

- Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

- Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

- Computer generated art

- Photography

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) or 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).

The deadline for submission to my Vista District Office is Friday April 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM PST.  For more information, consult the Congressional Art Competition Website or contact Julie Collier at the Vista District office at 760-599-5000 or by e-mailing her here if you are interested in participating.


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