2019 Congressional High School Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The annual Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize the artistic talent across our nation and promote the value of the arts. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated, including hundreds of young Pennsylvania artists.

Rep. Kelly invites and encourages all high school students throughout the 16th Congressional District to submit artwork for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, an “Artistic Discovery.”

Artwork must conform to these restrictions:

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional
  • Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.
  • No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

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

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you read the Scholastic Guide to Copyright & Plagiarism.


  1. Review the 2019 Congressional Art Competition Rules & Regulations for Students and Teachers.
  1. Complete the 2019 Congressional Art Competition - Student Release Form.
  1. Submit artwork to one of the following district offices: by 5:00 p.m. on Friday - April 26, 2019.

Butler District Office
101 East Diamond Street (Suite 210)
Butler, PA 16001
Phone: (724)282-2557

Erie District Office
208 East Bayfront Parkway (Suite 102)
Erie, PA 16507
Phone: (814)454-8190

Sharon District Office
33 Chestnut Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146
Phone: (724)342-7170

*PLEASE NOTE: If a student/school does not have the resources to deliver the artwork OR is simply unable to do so, we would be happy to accommodate and pick the artwork up. In order to request an artwork pick up, please contact Stephanie Stevenson at (724)282-2557 or Stephanie.Stevenson@mail.house.gov.


Local art professionals will judge all artwork submitted and determine 4 top award winners (1st Place – 2nd Place – 3rd Place – Honorable Mention).

ALL participants will receive a congressional commendation and special recognition during the district ceremony on May 4th, 2019. In addition:

  • Rep. Kelly will display the 2nd and 3rd place artwork, as well as the honorable mention, in his Washington, D.C. office.
  • The artist who is named the 1st place winner will have the distinct privilege of showcasing his or her artwork in the U.S. Capitol, alongside art from Congressional districts across the nation.
  • The winner will also receive two (round-trip) Southwest Airline tickets to Washington D.C., to attend the NATIONAL Art Competition Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and watch as their artwork is placed on display in the Capitol Building, where it will be on exhibit for one year.

For additional information, please see our 2019 Congressional Art Competition Packet (PA16)