2023 Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide 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 the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. The competition is open to all high school students in the Fifth District, and the winning artwork of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, with runners-up displayed in Congresswoman Williams’ Washington and Atlanta offices. The winning artwork is also featured on the House of Representatives’ Congressional Art Competition page.

The deadline for submissions to the Fifth Congressional District’s 2023 Art Competition is March 24, 2023. All submissions should be submitted through high school art teachers in the Fifth District, who will coordinate delivery to Congresswoman Nikema Williams. An approval form must be attached.


The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

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 maximum dimensions. Acceptable mediums for the artwork include:

  • 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, checklist, and release form for the 2023 competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on House.gov.