Every spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives host a nationwide high school art competition. The Congressional Art Competition was established to display local high school students’ artwork in the U.S. Capitol.

High school students in California’s 34th District are invited to submit their artwork to be considered for the Congressional Art Competition. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in an exhibit inside the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol. It will also be featured on the Congressional Art Competition website.

The theme for the 2019 CA-34 Congressional Art Competition is “My City.” The City of Los Angeles is home to about 4 million Angelenos from all walks of life. We all experience this city in different ways and have our own stories to tell. What makes you proud to call Los Angeles “My City”?

* Please note there is no required theme for the submission; however, themes from “My City” are encouraged.

In Los Angeles, submissions from local student artists will be exhibited at the CA-34 Congressional Art Competition Open House. During the Open House, Congressman Jimmy Gomez will speak to constituents about the Congressional Art Competition and unveil the district winner and runners-up. Field deputies will be available to discuss internships, scholarships, and other services available to students that live in the District.

The 2019 Congressional Art Competition has concluded. Please follow this page for more information regarding the 2020 Congressional Art Competition!

Artwork must be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep (including the frame), must weigh no more than 15 pounds, and must be two-dimensional. Accepted mediums are any of the following:

Paintings: can be oil, acrylics, or watercolor
Drawings: can use colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, or charcoal
Prints: can be lithographs, silk screen, or block prints
Mixed media: can use more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, or watercolor
Collages: must be two dimensional
Computer-generated art
Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution. It 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) 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, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing.

Please see the rules, checklist, and release form of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for more details.

Rules for Students and Teachers

Student Release Form

Submission Checklist

Please our Los Angeles office at 213-481-1425 or email Rolando Chávez if you have questions.

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