Congressman Pete Visclosky

Representing the 1st District of Indiana

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.  In recognition of 200 years of Hoosier pride, Congressman Pete Visclosky and the Indiana delegation are pleased to announce that the theme for the state competition this year is Indiana's Bicentennial.  The contest is featured statewide as a Bicentennial Legacy Project and young, local artists are encouraged to showcase the Region’s spirit by submitting an entry that celebrates the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Northwest Indiana.

The Congressional Arts 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 both in Northwest Indiana and 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. 


Artwork submitted in the contest may be up to 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep (including when framed).   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





Click here to access the competition poster.

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.  Artists are invited to share their artwork via social media with the hashtags #Indiana200 and #CongressionalArtCompetition.

2016 Congressional Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Vanessa Garcia - 2016 Congressional Art Competition Winner - for her piece entitled Indiana Treasures. 


Congratulations to Courtney Bishop - 2016 Congressional Art Competition Runner-Up - for her piece entitled Horses in Indiana.



Online resources for use by Students, Parents and Teachers.