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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for high school student artists. This annual competition gives students the opportunity to share their talent with the thousands of visitors who come to visit our nation's Capitol. It is always inspiring to see the wealth of talent and creativity of the students in Texas' Fourth District, and I strongly encourage all high school students in my district to participate. The grand prize winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

The submisstion period for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition is now closed. Deadlines for the next competition will be announced in April 2017.




Grand Prize Winner: "Elephant" by Rylie Power of Texarkana High School



People's Choice Winner: "Hands Playing Flute" by Katelyn Garst of Prosper High School

Hands Playing Flute


You can view the full gallery of the 2016 top-ten finalists by clicking here.

Competition Rules

  • Public, private or home-schooled high school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents residing in Texas' Fourth District are eligible to participate.
  • Student artwork must conform to the Congressional 2016 Rules and Regulations, which you can click here to view.
  • Subject matter must not contain obscene or vulgar material. 
  • Each artist may submit only one entry
  • If you are unsure if you reside in Texas' Fourth District, please click here to verify.

Submission Details

Accepted Media:

  • 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

Additional Artwork Requirements:

Artwork may be no larger than 28" x 28” x 4” including the frame, and weigh 15 pounds or less including the frame. Only the grand prize winner will be required to frame their artwork. All other entries are not required to be framed.  The grand prize entry will need to be framed and ready for shipment to Washington no later than Tuesday, May 3. Please note: The grand prize winner is responsible for framing and shipping their own artwork according to the guidelines.

Competition Winners

Grand Prize: The grand prize winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Art Competition page for one year. They will also receive two round-trip tickets to Washington to attend an awards ceremony where their artwork will join other first prize entries from other Congressional districts for an exclusive unveiling ceremony. (A second and third place winner will also be announced.)

People's Choice: In May, the top 10 entries will be displayed on my social media pages for the public to view and vote for their favorite. (The grand prize winner will not be eligible for the People’s Choice Award.) 

Additionally, all of the top 10 entries will be displayed on my social media pages.

Selection of Winners

Artwork will be judged using a submitted digital image by a select panel of artists and art educators from the Fourth District of Texas, and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 20.

If you have any questions about the art competition, please contact Kris McKinney at 903-813-5270 or at

Student Information
Parent/Gaurdian Information

Submit Completed Fields

When you submit the information above, you will receive an email with further instructions for completing your application and entry into the contest.