Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the House of Representatives.  The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in our youth.  The winning submissions from each congressional district across the country are displayed for one year in the US Capitol.

Students interested in participating in the competition can submit original artwork in one of seven different categories:

  • Collage
  • Computer-generated art
  • Drawings
  • Mixed Media
  • Paintings
  • Photography
  • Prints

The overall competition winner is awarded with "Best in Show" and his or her submission will be displayed in the Capitol with the winning submissions from across the country.  First, second, and third place awards, as well as honorable mentions, are also awarded for most of the categories, and competition winners have the option of having their submission displayed in one of Bill's district’s three offices for the year following the competition.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

If you have questions on Bill’s next Congressional Art Competition, which will take place in the Spring of 2014, please contact Karen Wasielewski in the South Shore District Office at 508-746-9000.


General Guidelines

The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

Artwork must be two-dimensional.

Each piece can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be required to be framed and must still adhere to the size guidelines.

Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

Artwork accepted mediums 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.)
  • 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 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).

Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Suitability Guidelines

As outlined in these guidelines, the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, we do wish to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in this highly travelled area leading to the Capitol.

Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission’s policy will be omitted from the exhibit.

Student Information and Release Form

Each entrant must submit a Student Information and Release Form, which interested applicants can obtain by contacting Karen Wasielewski in the South Shore District Office at 508-746-9000.

A TYPED copy of the Student Information and Release Form, signed by the teacher, a parent or
guardian, and the student, must be securely attached to the back of the artwork to certify the originality of the piece.  Please retain a copy for your records.

Drop Off Requirements for Artwork

One teacher from each participating high school should do the following:

  • Bundle all artwork together. Each piece should have an Art Entry Label taped to the back.
  • Include in the bundle, an Inventory of the artwork.
  • On the outside of the bundle, attach the Artwork Cover Sheet.


All artwork should be delivered to one of our District Offices no later than April 29, 2014, 5:00 pm.  Any work that is submitted after the deadline may not be eligible for the competition.

The District Offices are located at:

2 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

297 North Street
Suite 312
Hyannis, MA 02601

558 Pleasant Street
Suite 309
New Bedford, MA 02740






April 29, 2014 All artwork must be received by this date in one of Congressman Keating’s offices
May 9, 2014 Reception at the Plymouth Center for the Arts.  Awards will be given out from 5:30-7:00 PM.  All teachers, participants, and their friends and families are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.
May 9-11, 2014 Art will be displayed at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth
May 12, 2014 Artwork will be taken down and can be picked up that day at the Plymouth Center for the Arts before 5:00 p.m.  Any artwork not picked up on May 12th will be stored at Congressman Keating’s Plymouth office unless other arrangements are made.



  • Each student may submit only one piece per competition
  • Only the Best in Show piece will be sent to the Capitol Building in D.C. and put on display for one year after the art show has ended
  • Every other piece submitted will be displayed at the Plymouth Center for the Arts and available for return at the end of the show
  • The Best in Show winner and one guest will be invited to attend a reception at the Capitol
  • All teachers, students, families and friends are invited to attend the reception at the Plymouth Center for the Arts
  • Artwork may be viewed at the Plymouth Center for the Arts anytime during the show’s run during regular business hours
  • Artwork can be dropped off or picked up after the show at any of our three offices:  2 Court Street, Plymouth, MA, 297 North Street, Suite 312, Hyannis, or 558 Pleasant Street, Suite 309, New Bedford, MA


View pictures from the 2013 Congressional Art Competition

Best in Show: 
Shoes by Annika Phillips, Marshfield High School (Drawing)

First Place: Gammy by Colleen Fallon, Duxbury High School
Second Place
Diamonds in the Rough by Shelby Pollack, Duxbury High School
Third Place
: Disc Drops by Jackson Haley, Pembroke High School
Honorable Mentions
Happy Fish by Liam Shields, Barnstable High School
Chasing Clouds by Caroline Casey, Notre Dame Academy

First Place
: Boy in Benjamase by Bay Edwards, Pembroke High School                             
Second Place
: Celina by Jessica Scott, Duxbury High School
Third PlaceWe Jazz June by Olivia Fox, Pembroke High School
Honorable Mentions:
Self Portrait by Nora Miller, Marshfield High School
Self Portrait by Jacqueline Terasconi, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

First Place
: Falling by Sophie Rogerson, Duxbury High School                             
Second Place
: Dancin’ in the Dark by Sarah Snow, Marshfield High School
Third Place: Watsky by Keagan Marcella, Marshfield High School
Honorable Mentions:
Self Portrait by Thomas Coute, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
Self Portrait by Jessica Linnell, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

Mixed Media:
First Place
: Snapchat by Lizzy Blake, Marshfield High School
Second Place
: Aztec Owl by Karina Lagstrom, Pembroke High School
Third Place
: T-Moaks by Elisabeth Bowerman, Falmouth High School
Honorable Mention: Traveling Dreams by Charlene Huyler, Bishop Stang High School

First Place: Self Portrait by Lauren Knight, Notre Dame Academy
Second Place: March of the Lion by Delia Grant, Notre Dame Academy
Third PlaceAtlantis of the Future by Katelyn Parker, Plymouth South High School
Honorable MentionSupermodel by
Tara Pearce, Marshfield High School

First Place: Hot Sun by Teagan Walsh, Old Rochester Regional High School
Second Place: Solid Glass by Tommi Gans, Falmouth High School
Third PlaceDos Dings by Patrick Cronin, Old Rochester Regional High School

Computer Generated:

First Place: Better Days by Samantha Lyons, Pembroke High School
Second Place: Self Portrait by Marissa Nader, Notre Dame Academy
Third PlaceStars by Avery Robertson, Notre Dame Academy