Art Competition

Call for Artists! 2022 Congressional 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.

Students submit their artwork, either through their high school art teachers or individually, which will then be judged by an independent panel of artists who will select the winners in each category.  This is “blind judging” meaning judges have no knowledge of the artists’ identity prior to making their decisions. Please make sure that your submission does not contain any personal information. 

Winners are recognized in both their Congressional district and in Washington, D.C. with a ceremony hosted by the Congressional Institute in June. The winning works are displayed for one year along the hallway between the Cannon House Office Building and the United States Capitol Building for thousands of people to view. 

Click on the following link to view Colorado’s past winners:

The Best of Show winner will receive two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend the ceremony.  While in Washington, the winner and their guest(s) may also receive a special “Member Pass” tour of the White House as well as a staff-led tour of the U.S. Capitol Building.  Other popular Washington, D.C. venue tours may also be available.  Our Tour Coordinator will work with the winner and their guests on those arrangements. 

Winners in all categories will be presented with a ribbon and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition along with other great prizes.

This year’s (optional) theme:  "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land"

It is not mandatory that artwork content reflect this theme in order to enter the contest, but rather provided to those who wish to create a new piece using the theme.  

This annual competition is open to all high school students who reside in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. 



-This competition is open to high school-aged students (grades 9-12) and homeschooled students with high school equivalent who reside within the 5th Congressional District of Colorado.  Click here to confirm your representative and district: 

-Each artist/teacher may submit as many entries as they would like but please check with our art competition coordinator on space availability if over 3 per individual or over 30 per teacher/school.

-The artwork will be hung from vertical wires. Two sturdy eye hooks must be attached at the top right and left sides of the back of the frame for hanging to prevent the work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Wire between the hooks is not needed for hanging. Remove any wires that are already attached. Please ensure the piece is ready to hang, that you have the identification info listed on the back of the artwork and that the Student Release Form is handed to the art competition staff.


Paintings: Watercolors, Oils, and Acrylics

Drawings: Pencil, Colored Pencil, Markers, Ink, Pastels, and Charcoal

Mixed Media: The use of two or more mediums

Computer Generation Art: Original concept computer-generated images

Photography: May include computer editing as long as the integrity of the image remains intact

Prints: Lithographs, Silkscreens, and Block Prints

Artwork Intake & Submission

We reserve the right to refuse any entries that are deemed inappropriate.

A Student Release form must be submitted with your artwork: STUDENT RELEASE FORM


Questions?  Want to pre-register? Contact Kathleen Clayton at 719-520-0055 or email her at