Art Competition

"Control" by Ella Rose, sophomore at Cranston High School West, 2019 Winner

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.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 2nd District. The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep (including the frame). Permissible media for the artwork are:

  • 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

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, artwork may be submitted from the 2019-20 school year, as well as the current school year.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. 

For the 2021 Competition, artwork and student information forms are due by Friday, April 16, 2021, at 4 p.m. Entries may be dropped off at my District Office (300 Centerville Rd, Suite 200 South, in Warwick), Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you have any questions, or would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Katie Albert in my District Office at (401) 732-9400 or via email at