The 2021 Congressional Art competition is now closed.

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.

he Office of Congresswoman Scanlon is pleased to announce the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. This year, our office will be accepting artwork from students, grades 9 through 12, who live in Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District from April 19th to April 27th.

Artwork must be two-dimensional and one of the below mediums:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Read more about the requirements here.

There is no limit per school but we are limiting submissions to one artwork per student. Artwork can be submitted by appointment the week of April 19th by emailing to schedule a time. Alternatively, artwork can be submitted digitally by emailing a clear, good quality photo to All artwork submissions must have a completed student release form upon submission.

The winner of the Congressional Art Competition’s artwork will be hung in the Capitol in the Cannon Tunnel for one year.

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.

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