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Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, our office hosts a high school visual art competition recognizing artistic talent in our congressional district.

It is an honor to congratulate our top three awardees and all the participants that submitted amazing work to artistically recognize California's 51st district’s “Unsung Heroes”. 

The culmination of the competition will be the year-long display of the winning artwork at the U.S. Capitol, in my Washington, D.C. office, and in my district office. 

Congressional Art Competition 2020 Winners and Virtual Gallery 


General Guidelines:

The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus. Artwork must be two-dimensional, cannot weigh more than 15 pounds and each piece can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be required to be framed and must still adhere to the size guidelines.

Each entry 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 (not the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person 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). Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Artwork accepted mediums are as follows:

• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
• Collage: 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
• Photography

Please attach the following to the digital submission: 

2020 Student Release Form

Office Locations:

Chula Vista District Office |333 F Street, Suite A | Chula Vista, CA 91910 |Ph: 619.422.5963

El Centro District Office |380 North 8th Street, Suite 14 | El Centro, CA 92243| Ph: 760.312.9900                          


2020 Rules for Students and Teachers

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