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Congressional Art Competition

Submission deadline is Sunday, May 24, 2020

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 Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 7th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The runner-up will have their art diplayed in my Indianapolis office for one year. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

This year, we are inviting the public to vote to select the winning submission.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep  (including the frame). The art work may be:

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

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. This year's submission deadline is Monday, May 11, 2020. Please submit a high-resolution photo of the art work to Andrea Scott at

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.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - please submit the following form, or email Andrea Scott in my Indianapolis office


Past Winners:

2019-Blessed Sellars, Lawrence Central High School

2018-Rachel Knierman, Roncalli High School

2017-Molly Leraris, Lawrence Central High School

2016-Thian Hnem, Perry Meridian High School

2015-Lizbeth Rojas, Broad Ripple High School

2014-Kris Lovett, Irvington Preparatory Academy

2013-Melinda Ervin, Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School

2012 & 2011-Lindsey Redifer, Lawrence Central High School

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