Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition was started 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.

The competition is open to all high school students (grades 9 - 12) currently enrolled in the 7th District. The winner of our district competition will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and will receive two round-trip flights to Washington D.C. to attend a congratulatory reception.

General Guidelines

  • The competition is open to high school students only. 
  • Artwork must be 2-dimensional.
  • Each piece can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be required to be framed and must adhere to the size guidelines.
  • Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.

Accepted mediums

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Computer-Generated Art
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two media listed above

Each entry 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 (other than the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person 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).

Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission’s policy will be omitted from the exhibit. The panel will make the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol.

Students with additional questions about the art competition should contact Delphine Lee in Congresswoman Sewell’s Montgomery Office at (334) 262-1919.