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2017 Art Competition

Welcome to 2017 and the kickoff of the Annual Congressional Art Competition! I would like to invite you to participate in this prestigious competition.  The Art Competition, a partnership between the United States House of Representatives and the Congressional Institute, provides our office an opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of high school students from across the Eighth District of Texas.

The winning artwork for this year’s District Competition will hang in the United States Capitol complex at the conclusion of the competition for visitors from all over the world to admire. The winning student will be invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Final submission guidelines are nearing completion for this year’s competition and will be published here as soon as they are made available. One notable change is the maximum size this year (see below). Also, please verify that you live within the Eighth District – you may find this information by clicking here.

Artwork must be delivered or dropped off to the District Office in Conroe, Texas no later than
May 5th, 2017 and must be accompanied by this form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael G Ethridge at michael.ethridge@mail.house.gov.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame. 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 submit the following form.


By submitting this form, you represent that the art entry described above is an original work of authorship personally created by the student to which the student is entitled copyright protection. In consideration for the acceptance of the art entry by the Member of Congress designated above in An Artistic Discovery (the Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives) and intending to be legally bound hereby, the undersigned grant the Member and the House the right to publicly display the art entry, if it is selected for display, in accordance with the rules of the Art Competition, for a period of two years from the latest date on this form. The undersigned acknowledge that the final decision regarding the suitability of an art entry to be displayed in the Capitol will be made by a House panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. You also grant the Member, the House, their employees and agents, the United States, and the Congressional Institute, Inc., and its employees, the right to reproduce the art entry for any noncommercial purpose. You further release the Member, the House, their employees and agents, the United States, and the Congressional Institute, Inc., and its employees, from any and all liability for damage, loss, or misappropriation of the art entry during and subsequent to the Art Competition. You further agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the Member, the House, their employees and agents, the United States, and the Congressional Institute, Inc., and its employees, against any and all claims of any nature whatsoever, including, but not limited to, claims of copyright infringement, by any party whatsoever, arising out of or in any way related to the submission of the art entry in the Art Competition. You also agree to opt-in for my e-newsletter and text message alerts to keep you updated.