Art Competition

Our district is full of creative talent and a robust creative economy. Each spring members of Congress have the opportunity to host high school arts competition to highlight the outstanding talent of students in their districts.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our district. The overall winner of our district's competition will be displayed for a full year in a U.S. Capitol exhibit that includes artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social distancing precautions implemented by the state of New Mexico, we have made the decision to transition the 2020 Congressional Art Competition to a fully digital submission platform. Students can continue to create their artworks in their preferred medium. To submit their artwork for review, students must take a clear, well-lit photo of their work.

We acknowledge that there are limitations that students face without access to school supplies and art classrooms. However, we still encourage as many students as possible to participate with what resources they have available.

Art entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. The artwork may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collages
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original concept, design, and execution. Please make sure to review the rules, checklist, and release form for the competition which can be found here. Please note, that all entries must be emailed to my District Office by Wednesday May 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm. All submissions must be emailed to Please include “Last Name – School – Grade” in the subject line of each entry. Complete submissions must include the online student release form along with the clear, well-lit photo of their artwork. Winners will be announced the week after the submission deadline, and a local reception will be held as soon as possible.  

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, more 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines - please contact my office.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please submit the following form.