Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school visual arts competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute and the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of our nation and in each Congressional district. 

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Indiana’s First Congressional District.  The overall winner of this district’s competition will be recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.  The winning artwork will be on exhibit for one year in the U.S. Capitol and will be displayed alongside art from Congressional districts across the nation. 

All artwork submissions and application forms must be brought to Congressman Visclosky’s Merrillville office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019.  Artwork will be accepted during the Merrillville office’s normal hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.



Artwork submitted in the contest may be up to 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.  Framed artwork may not exceed 15 pounds.  All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.

Accepted artwork mediums may be:


Oil, Acrylics, and Watercolor


Colored Pencil, Pencil, Ink, Marker, Pastels, and Charcoal (It is recommended that Charcoal and Pastel drawings be fixed)


Lithographs, Silk Screen, and Block Prints






Documents needed to participate

Should you have any questions regarding the Congressional Art Competition, please do not hesitate to contact Congressman Visclosky’s District Office at 219-795-1844. 


Previous Congressional Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Lily Jean Wall- 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner - for her piece entitled Nikki. 


Congratulations to LaShawn Wise - 2017 Congressional Art Competition Runner-Up - for his piece entitled Covered by Country.



Online resources for use by Students, Parents and Teachers.