Art Competition

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

The Congressional Art Competition 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 host the competition digitally. Students can create their artworks in their preferred medium, and a well-lit photo of their work to my office.

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 flex their creativity using the resources they have available.

Art entered in the contest must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork should be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep (including the frame). The artwork may be:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

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 Friday, April 23, 2021 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. 

Winning artwork must arrive in Washington, DC, enhanced and protected by a sturdy frame. 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.