Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent of high school students in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. This competition, known as An Artistic Discovery, is open to all high school students in the 4th District.

The winning student artist will have their work of art displayed in the U.S. Capitol, while runner-ups will have their works displayed in my Washington, D.C. office and the Durham District office respectively.

The deadline to submit artwork for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition is Wednesday, April 19th. All participating students and their art teachers will be recognized at an in-person reception on Monday, April 24th in Durham, NC. The winner and runner-ups will be announced at the reception.


Congressional Art Competition Guidelines

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages – must be two dimensional
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media – use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any 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. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

The rules and regulations for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition can be found here.


Artwork Intake and Submission

All artwork for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition must be submitted by Wednesday, April 19th. Please complete the release form and include it with artwork upon submission.

Submissions with the completed release forms can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Alamance Arts (for Alamance County students)
    • 213 S Main St, Graham, NC 27253
    • Tuesday, April 18th and Wednesday, April 19th from 9AM – 5PM
  • Kirby Cultural Arts Complex (for Person County students)
    • 213 N Main St, Roxboro, NC 27573
    • Tuesday, April 18th and Wednesday, April 19th from 1PM – 5PM
  • Congresswoman Foushee’s Durham District Office (for Durham County and Orange County students)
    • 2605 Meridian Pkwy, Ste 110, Durham, NC 27713
    • Tuesday, April 18th and Wednesday, April 19th from 9AM – 7PM

Students in Granville County and those that are unable to drop off their artwork at the above locations and dates can schedule an appointment to drop off their submission at Congresswoman Foushee’s Durham District office or request that a representative of the office pick up submissions from your school. To schedule an appointment or if you have any questions, please contact Moira Marek at or 919-967-7924.