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 the 8th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

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
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

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 would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines - please contact the Terre Haute District Office at 812-232-0523 or email Erin.Lucas@mail.house.gov.

Artwork for the 2019 Congressional District Art Competition should be submitted by the following dates in each location: 

  • Evansville office BY Friday, April 12, 2019 from 8:30am – 5:00pm CT 
  • Terre Haute office BY Friday, April 12, 2019 from 8:30am – 5:00pm ET 
  • Vincennes office ON Wednesday. March 27, 2019 from 10am to 11:30am ET
  • Jasper office ON Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 10am to 12pm ET 

All art submissions will be placed in a gallery show located at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville. Details for the reception are below:

Event: Congressional Art Competition Reception

Date: Tuesday, April 23rd

Time: 4pm-5pm CT

Location: Arts Council of Southwest Indiana; 212 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana


The first place and People’s Choice winners will be announced at the reception where all artists, teachers, family, and friends are welcomed to attend.

The official 2019 guidelines and student release form are available for download below:


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