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Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Kustoff invites high school students from across Tennessee's 8th Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Kustoff will be accepting submissions through the deadline – which is Friday, April 23 of 2021. Students are limited to only one entry.

The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. One winning piece of artwork will be selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington for the next year. The winner of the competition will also win two airline tickets to Washington, D.C. Runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Kustoff's Tennessee offices and in his Washington, D.C. office.

Any high school student from Tennessee's 8th Congressional District is eligible to submit their original artwork for consideration. To enter, students must submit a digital form below.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any 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. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on

If you would like to submit artwork for the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please submit the following form.

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Student Information
School Information
Entry Information

All files must have a file extension (file.jpg).
Your file size can not exceed 4MB. Documents must be the following file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg 
Please rename your .jpeg file to .jpg for submission.