Art Competition

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


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.


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.

If you would like to participate in this year’s competition, please reach out to Madeline Roberts at or 720-748-7514, for more information about rules and deadlines.

All artwork must be submitted to the Congressman Crow's office located at 3300 S. Parker Rd. Suite 100 Aurora, CO 80014 by Wednesday, April 15th, at 5pm.