Congressional Art Competition entries due April 23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Owens’ office is accepting submissions from high school students in New York’s 21st Congressional District for the annual Congressional Art Competition.

“I am proud to offer young artists an opportunity to have their work displayed at the U.S. Capitol,” said Owens. “Our region is blessed with great schools and talented young people, and I look forward to seeing what they have to offer this year.”

To enter submit a digital copy and a completed Student Information and Release Form to This form and other information can be found at; click on ‘Student Artist Program.’

The winner will send his or her submission to Washington, D.C. to be displayed for one year as part of the national student art exhibition in the U.S. Capitol. All submissions must be received by Owens’s office by Tuesday, April 23. The winner will be announced May 3.


This competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

Artwork must be two-dimensional.

Each piece can be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep, including the frame. Artwork is required to be framed.

Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.


Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers


Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

Mixed Media: use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

Computer-Generated Art