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 winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.

2023 Art Competition Winners

1st Place: “Souvenirs” By Jenna McLaughlin, Arlington Heights High School

Medium: Black and White Charcoal

2nd Place: "Keeeeeee-arr” By Clayton Thombrough, Brewer High School

Medium: Graphite Pencils

3rd Place: “MOOsaic” By Jordan Elizalde, Arlington Heights High School

Medium: Oil Paint

4th Place: “Flower Tower” By Keiko Sanchez, Arlington Heights High School

Medium: Painting

5th Place: “Eve” By Evelyn Camarillo, Arlington Heights High School

Medium: Charcoal

Congresswoman's Choice: “Chardi Kala - Forever Optimistic” By Pavan Ahluwalia, Harmony School of Innovation

Medium: Oil Paint on Canvas

Congressional Art Competition Entry Forms:

Deadline to submit artwork is April 19th, at 5:00 PM.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's dates and deadlines, please contact my office at (817)-338-0909.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries 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 or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student 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).