Congressional Art Competition

2018 Art Competition Theme:

The theme for 2018 is "Oklahoma: Aviation & Space"

The deadline to submit entries is Friday, April 6, 2018.  Please submit all entries and student release forms to our office located at 2448 E. 81st St. Suite 5150, Tulsa, OK 74137 by 5:00 pm on April 6th.  

2018 Art Competition Student Release Form
2018 Art Competition Rules for Students and Teachers
2018 Art Competition Submission Checklist

Official Guidelines:

The rules and regulations included here apply to the 2018 Congressional Art Competition generally.
Each Member of Congress may establish additional rules for his or her district competition. Please
consult with your Member’s office to verify whether any additional rules apply and how to enter.

The competition is open to high school students. Members may choose whether to include 7th and
8th grade students in the art competition if schools located in their districts house 7th through 12th
grades on one campus. Teachers and/or students should verify their eligibility with the office of the
Member of Congress.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26
inches wide, and 4 inches deep.
If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in
Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above
maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
  • 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

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend
you visit the Scholastic website:

Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or

Artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel for the duration of the exhibition. Students should only submit
artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Suitability Guidelines

Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission (the Commission). In
accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a
sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. Each Member of Congress will be required to
submit a Letter of Support confirming that the Member has determined that the winning artwork
adheres to the Commission’s policy. However, if another Member of Congress requests review of
any artwork for compliance with the Commission’s policy, the final decision regarding the artwork’s
suitability for display will be made by the Commission. While it is not the intent to censor any artwork,
we do wish to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in this highly traveled area
leading to the Capitol. 

Student Information and Release Form

Each entrant must submit a Student Information and Release Form. The Student Information and
Release Form is available through the office of your Member of Congress.

The information requested on the first page of the form should be provided as thoroughly as possible.
Students should include their mailing addresses, if they differ from their home addresses. Students
should also include contact information that will be valid for several years.

The form requires a description of the artwork, which should be detailed, clearly identifying the major
elements of the work. For example, “self-portrait” or “a picture of two people” would be unacceptable,
since many artworks would fit those descriptions. The following is an example of a useful description:
“A painting of two people; the person on the left wears a green sweater and khaki pants; the person
on the right wears a black shirt and a striped skirt. A dog sits at their feet.”

The second page of the Student Information and Release Form contains a legal release and a
certification that the artwork is original in design and execution. The student, an art teacher, and a
parent or guardian must sign where appropriate. Entries without signed originality certifications and
artwork releases may not be accepted.

A TYPED copy of the Student Information and Release Form, signed by the teacher, a parent or
guardian, and the student, must be securely attached to the back of the artwork to certify the
originality of the piece. Please retain a copy for your records.

Framing Guidelines for Overall Winner

Framing regulations apply only to the winning artwork that will be sent to Washington, DC.
Each Member of Congress may include additional entry rules for his or her own District; please
consult your Member’s office to see whether a frame is required for the district competition. Even if
your Member of Congress does not require a frame to enter the artwork in the district competition, if
your artwork is selected for display in the Congressional Art Competition exhibit, it must be
delivered in a frame and the artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and
4 inches deep, including the frame. 

All winning artwork must be enhanced and protected by a sturdy frame. Frames must be made
of wood or metal. No plastic “snap on” or metal frames that can easily come apart are to be used.

All artwork, except paintings in oil or acrylic on canvas, must be protected by Plexiglas or glass.
Plexiglas is preferred. If glass is used, special packing and shipping arrangements are encouraged to
ensure that the work is not damaged if the glass breaks.

Matting can enhance or detract from a work of art and should be carefully selected.

The artwork will be hung from vertical wires. Two sturdy eye hooks or the equivalent must be
attached at the top right and left sides of the back of the frame for hanging to prevent the work from
leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Wire between the hooks is not needed for hanging.

Do not attach labels, ribbons, etc., to the front of the piece or underneath the glass or Plexiglas.

Please indicate which side is up by marking arrows pointing towards the top on the back.

For more information please contact our District office: Ashley Wells- 918-935-3222