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Congressional Art Competition

My office is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.  

The annual competition, which has selected winners from each of the U.S. Congressional Districts and Territories since 1982, is open to any high school student in the 13th District of Texas.

The winning artwork will be displayed for the entire year in the United States Capitol. In addition, the winning student will be invited to participate in the exhibition’s opening celebration in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Rules and Regulations:

The competition is open to high school students. 

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 • Photographs 

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. 

For more rules and regulations click here. 

Any student interested in submitting an entry should take a digital photo of their work and submit it, along with the 2020 Student Release Form, via email at TX13.StaffAssistant@mail.house.gov. We recognize that many students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form due to school closures. If they are unable to do so, they may indicate their teacher's support another way. For instance, when submitting the form, the student may attach an email from an art teacher certifying the artwork's originality. The photograph should include the submission only and should reflect the best representation of the art. All entries should be submitted digitally to my office by May 26, 2020 

A winner will be picked from those semi-finalists and announced on May 29, 2020.

The Congressional Art Competition Reception in Washington, DC, will now take place on July 22, 2020.

Important documents:

2020 Student release form
2020 Rules and Regulations
2020 Art Submission Checklist
2020 Guide to Copyright
For more information

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