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Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in Idaho's First Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Idaho's 1st District. The winning artwork from our district will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The exhibit in Washington, D.C. will include the winning artwork from all participating districts in the country. The winning artwork is also featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional Art Competition website.

Idaho’s First Congressional District Art Competition

Submission Requirements: 

  • Size: Up to 28” x 28” and up to 4” depth (including the frame)

  • Weigh under 15lbs

Accepted Mediums:

  • 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 (not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

2021 Dates and Submission Information

The deadline has passed for 2021 submissions. Please keep an eye out on this page and our social media sites for the submission deadlines for 2022. 

For more information on the Annual Congressional Art Competition, please submit the following form.

 

Congressional Art Competition Questions Form

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