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 Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 1st District. The overall winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The artwork may be:

  • Paintings, including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage (must be two dimensional)
  • Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media using more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photographs

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

Cicilline’s Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who reside in the First District.  Students or teachers interested in participating should register with my office by contacting Jakub Lis by email at or by phone at 401-729-5600. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 27th. 

Submissions should be dropped off at my District Office, which is located at 1070 Main Street, Suite 300 in Pawtucket. My office is open daily from Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

A reception will be held on Friday, May 4th at my District Office to announce the winners. The first-place winner will also receive two free tickets to attend the National Winners Reception in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 27th or a $150 restaurant gift card, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

All entries must be recieved with a completed Student Information and Release Form attached to the back of the artwork, to be signed by the student, a parent or guardian, and a teacher, which is available for download below or by clicking here.

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. More can be found about the nation-wide competition on their website.

For more information, please contact my Jakub Lis in my District Office by email at or by phone at 729-5600.