Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute and Members of the House of Representatives sponsor an art competition in which one high school student artist’s work from each participating Congressional District will be selected and displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. All entries must be submitted to either of my District Offices by Monday, April 29, 2019. Students may submit their two-dimensional artwork and Release Form by mail or in person on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to:

Representative Nita M. Lowey
Art Competition
222 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 312
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 428-1707


Representative Nita M. Lowey
Art Competition
67 North Main Street, Suite 101
New City, NY 10956
(845) 639-3485

The judged competition will take place on Monday, May 6. The 1st place winner will also be invited to attend a reception in Washington, DC, with the other nationwide winners. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the submissions or entries, please contact my District Representative, Yma Oria by email at (preferred) or by phone at (914) 428-1707.

Competition 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. 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. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

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

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.

Art Competition Guidelines for Students and Teachers

Student Information/Release Form