Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries 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).

The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are below.

2019 Rules for Students and Teachers

2019 Student Release Form

Please submit art entries along with the 2019 Student Release Form to any of Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s Virginia offices by 5:00 PM April, 26, 2019:

Onley Office
25020 Shore Parkway
Suite 1B
Onley, VA 23418

Virginia Beach Office
283 Constitution Drive
One Columbus Center, Suite 900
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Please join Congresswoman Elaine Luria on May 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Watts Grand Lobby and Gallery located in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center at Virginia Wesleyan University for the Awards Ceremony. All students, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to the unveiling of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District’s 2019 Congressional Art Competition winner.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition please contact any of Congresswoman Luria's offices.