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 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.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 8th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The winner of the People’s Choice Award (artwork with the most likes, comments, and shares on Rep. Larry Bucshon’s Facebook page) will hang in Congressman Bucshon’s Washington D.C. office for a year. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide, as well as featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page. The student with the winning art piece will receive an invitation to the Congressional awards ceremony in Washington D.C. in June.
All submissions are due by Friday, April 16.
Due to concerns of COVID-19, art intake will be done by scheduling a time to drop off the artwork at a district office (Terre Haute, Evansville, Jasper, or Vincennes) or by having a staff member pickup artwork at a local high school. Please email Erin Lucas to coordinate details at Erin.Lucas@mail.house.gov.
Along with your submission, please email the following to Erin.Lucas@mail.house.gov:
· A clear, high-resolution picture of the student’s artwork uploaded in a PDF, JPEG, or PNG file.
· A scanned, signed copy of the Student Information & Release Form, complete to the best of the student’s ability, and uploaded as a PDF.
All art submissions will be placed in a gallery show located at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville on Wednesday, May 5 at 4:00pm CT. The reception will take place if the current state of the Coronavirus numbers are low and allow for a safe reception. We will follow the State of Indiana’s guidelines on safely hosting this reception in a socially distanced manner.
A virtual online gallery will be available on the Congressman’s Facebook page that will launch in early May.
Rules & Guidelines:
Artwork must be two-dimensional. Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches in depth (including the frame). Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. The art work may be:
- Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
- Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
- Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
- Mixed Media
- Computer Generated Art
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). For more on copyright and plagiarism click here.
The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition can be found below.
Please attach the links for the following:
2021 Rules and Regs
2021 Student release form
Guide to copyright and plagiarism
2021 Art Comp flyer