Congressional Art Competition

Due to COVID-19 Congresswoman Elaine Luria has made significant changes to this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual non-partisan competition for high school students to develop original artwork and submit them to congressional offices. Since 1982 the competition has encouraged students across America to participate to showcase the importance of art in our culture, history, and society.

Each congressional office will choose a winner for its district and the winners will be invited to Washington, DC and their artwork displayed in the Capitol Building for 1 year! More information is available here.

The Awards Ceremony originally scheduled on May 2nd at Virginia Wesleyan University has been cancelled. Instead Congresswoman Luria will announce the winners via social media.

  1. Who is eligible:
    • Students must be in high school at the time the contest closes: April 24
    • Students must live in Rep. Luria’s district: VA-02.
      • Check to see what district you or your school are in: here.
  2. Student Release Form
    • All students must submit the student release form found here when turning in their artwork.
  3. Rules:
    • Artwork must be two-dimensional
      • Artwork can use various mediums such as paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photographs.
    • All artwork must be original work and cannot violate any U.S. copyright laws
    • Artwork (including a potential frame) can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. It cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. A frame is only needed if your artwork wins the overall place which Congresswoman Luria’s office will provide.
    • It is at the Member’s discretion to prohibit artwork that contains graphic material.
    • For a complete list of rules please visit here.
  4. Submitting Artwork
    • Students should take a picture of their artwork and send the picture and the student release form to caleb.smith2@mail.house.gov by 5:00PM on April 24. If possible, please send a high-definition picture.
  5. How is the winner selected: Congresswoman Luria has chosen 3 judges representing the geographical regions of the district to decide the winning artwork. The judges will pick an overall winner and a winner from each region of the distinct (Eastern Shore, Peninsula, Southside). The overall winner’s artwork is displayed in the Capitol Building while the regional winner’s artwork is displayed in Congresswoman Luria’s three district offices.
  6. Contact Caleb Smith from Congresswoman Luria’s office for additional information:
    • Phone: 757-364-7634
    • Email: caleb.smith2@mail.house.gov