Submissions for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition are due Monday, April 24th.
Every year, Members of Congress sponsor a nation-wide arts competition for high school students. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 9th District. Winning entries from each congressional district are hung in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year, and the winning student artists will be flown to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at an award ceremony. Second and third place winners will have their pieces displayed in my D.C. and District Offices.

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.
Students from Washington’s 9th Congressional District who would like to participate must submit a completed Student Release Form (download it here) and a description of the medium and background of the piece along with their entry. All entries must comply with the competition guidelines and be received at our district office no later than 5pm on Monday, April 24th.
Please note that the Student Release Form requires a signature from each student’s art teacher. The Congressional Institute is allowing an email from art teachers stating the student’s piece is original in concept in lieu of their signature.
District Office of Congressman Adam Smith
Attn: Student Art Competition
15 S Grady Way, Suite #101
Renton, WA 98057

Congressman Adam Smith will host an art exhibition and reception for all participants where the winner will be announced on May 21, 2023. Find more information about the event here.
If you have any questions, please contact my District Office at 425-793-5180 or email