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Congressional Art Competition

It is my distinct pleasure to be a sponsor of the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school art students in the 7th Congressional District. This is a nationwide competition coordinated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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. Last year's Congressional Art Competition TX-07 winner was Catherine Wu of James E. Taylor High School for her Prismacolor Marker piece "Close Up Encounter."

In early spring, my office contacts each high school in the district. Each school is asked to submit one piece of artwork to my District office. The entries will be judged, and the winning piece will be sent to Washington, D.C. for display in the annual exhibition in the U.S. Capitol Complex. The winning student is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June. 

This year, we are requesting that all art work be submitted no later than Monday, April 30th my Houston District Office. Teachers and/or students must drop off the artwork to my District office during normal business hours—9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Questions? Please contact my Houston office at 713-682-8828 or email Brooke Bacuetes at

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame and must be matted. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

The art work may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Mixed Media

NOTE: No photographs, no collage, or computer generated art.               

EACH ENTRY MUST BE AN ORIGINAL CONCEPT: the entry may not reproduce an image from a third party's work in the same or any other medium; the work may not infringe the rights of any third party; the work may not violate the U.S. Copyright Laws. All artwork must be matted for hanging.  Please keep in mind matting can enhance or detract from the art so choose carefully. Learn more: A Guide To Copyright and Plagiarism.

Congressional Art Website Official Page Students who have questions about the competition should contact their art teachers.

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