Congressional 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.

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 2019 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.
  • Deadline: Must submit a digital image by April 19, 2019.

Submission Details

  • This year's art theme is "Discover Texas."
  • Digital submissions are due by email to and must include a signed copy of participant entry forms.

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 26" x 26” and 4” deep including the frame, and weigh 15 pounds or less including the frame. NOTE: Only the grand prize winner will be required to frame their artwork. Entries are not required to be framed at the time they are first submitted but must be capable of complying with size and weight limits once framed. The grand prize entry will need to be framed and must be received in local congressional office no later than May 15, 2019.

Please note: The grand prize winner is responsible for framing and shipping their own artwork according to the guidelines.

Downloadable Entry Forms

Participants must submit the following forms to along with the digital submission of their artwork

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 Rep. Ratcliffe's 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 4th District of Texas. A "People's Choice" winner will also be chosen based on votes cast on social media. Winners will be announced in early May. 

If you have any questions about the art competition, please contact our office at 972-771-0100 or