Art Competition

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 our congressional district. It 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 Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 1st 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.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. There is no set theme for the competition! Students are encouraged to submit whatever piece they feel best displays their creativity and talent. One submission per student will be accepted. 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. Must be 2-dimensional.

Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. If you are unsure about whether a piece of artwork is acceptable, contact the Congresswoman’s staff at (425) 485-0085, and we would be happy to help.

Before you submit your art, please take a moment to review the following checklist and ensure that:

  • Artwork is no larger than 26" x 26" x 4" when framed.
  • Eye hooks or equivalent are attached at the back of the artwork
  • Student Information and Release Form is attached to the back of the artwork
  • Artwork has a label affixed to the back with the student's Name, Address, Phone Number, Title, Medium, Congressmember's name, State and District.

DUE DATE EXTENDED: All artwork must be received no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020. It should be mailed to or dropped off at:

Office of Rep. Suzan DelBene
RE: Art Competition
22121 17th Ave SE, Suite 220
Bothell, WA 98021

If you have questions about how to submit your work, please call 425-485-0085. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please call (425) 485-0085, or visit the House of Representative's website.

Click HERE to complete and print off the Student Information and Release Form.