Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nation-wide high school arts competition. This Congressional Art Competition as an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional district. This initiative of the U.S. Congress was started in 1982 and since then, more than 650,000 high schools students have had the opportunity to express their artistic abilities to the United States’ public.

All high school students grades nine through twelve living within Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District are encouraged and eligible to participate in this competition. 
The winner, along with a parent/guardian, will receive free airfare to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. as well as visit the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol to view their artwork. The winning piece of artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with the winners from each Congressional district across the country.

Artwork submitted to our office must be two dimensional, no larger than 28 inches by 28 inches, and no deeper than 4 inches including the frame. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. The following artistic media is acceptable:
  • 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
  • Photographs

Submission Information

If you are interested in submitting a piece to our office, please fill out the student release form below and submit all materials to our Franklin District Office. 

Franklin Office
305 Public Square 
Suite 212
Franklin, TN 37064

For further information, please see the Art Competition Guidelines below or call our Franklin District Office at (615)-591-5161.

The 2017 deadlines have not been released at this time. 


Additional Information