Art Competition

2021 CO-06 Winner: Colorado Through the Smoke by Quintin Babcock

To view our 2021 virtual art exhibit click here.


The deadline to submit artwork to the 2021 Congressional Art Competition has passed. 


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 competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.


Rep. Crow and a panel of local artists and community leaders will select the winning entries. The first place winner will be invited to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Other winning pieces will be displayed in Congressman Jason Crow’s District Office in Aurora, Colorado.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Congressional Art Competition will be conducted virtually. To enter into the competition, please upload a photograph of your art submission here. Entries are limited to one per student and must be submitted by Sunday, April 18th at 11:59 PM MST. No physical art submissions will be accepted. All entries must be accompanied by a completed Student Information and Release form.




Students submitting to our office must reside in Colorado's 6th Congressional District. You can check which district you are in on this website or by 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, D.C. 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


For the full list of rules and regulations, please visit this website.


If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Madeline Roberts at or 720-748-7514.


Submit artwork here