Art Competition

2018 CO-6 Winner: My Tears Will Not Be Silenced by Abigail Gertzen. Full image available here.

The submission deadline has been extended until May 3rd due to the COVID-19 pandemic and details on our new online submission system are below. 

All high school students residing in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District are invited to participate in our Annual Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students can submit their entries to Congressman Crow's office, where Rep. Crow and a panel of local artists and community leader will select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in Colorado and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Requirements:

Students submitting to our office must reside in Colorado's Sixth Congressional District. You can check which district you on this website or calling our office at 720-748-7514. Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. Artwork does not have to be framed in order to be submitted, however, 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 reading Scholastic's Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism.

Update due to COVID-19:

The Office of Congressman Jason Crow will be moving all Congressional Art Competition submissions online and extending the due date until May 3rd. Each student will be able to submit up an image of their work along with the required information form that can be found here. All artwork must still adhere to the guidelines listed below on this webpage. 

We recognize that some students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form due to school closures. If they are unable to do so, they may indicate their teacher's support another way, such as attaching an email from a  teacher certifying the artwork's originality.

To submit your artwork please fill out the form here. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Madeline Roberts at madeline.roberts@mail.house.gov or 720-748-7514.