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.
This year's theme is: 'Home of the Brave'
Inspiration for the theme comes from the more than 600 guardsmen, 34,000 veterans, and 780 servicemembers who call the 15th District home. Since coming to Congress, Congressman Gonzalez has made it his mission to be a voice for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Last year, the congressman introduced H.R. 3429, the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, to create a pathway to citizenship for wrongly deported U.S. veterans, who were honorably discharged and held a clean record prior to service. The congressman also spent last Thanksgiving with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, including with one servicemember from Seguin, Texas
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our 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.
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork 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.)
• 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
Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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.
The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition can be found here: https://www.house.gov/educators-and-students/congressional-art-competition
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please submit the following form.