Congressional Arts Competition



2014 Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

Congressman Terry encourages all high school students in the District to apply for the Artistic Discovery Contest.  The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and receives two round trip plane tickets to Washington D.C. to participate in recognition ceremonies there.  The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Artwork must be two-dimensional and up to 28" x 28" x 4" including the frame and not more than 15 lbs.  The artwork may be:

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography
    All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

This year the Nebraska Art Teachers Association is proud to facilitate the Congressional Art Competition for Nebraska’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts.


CAC Entry Forms must Accompany All Entries.

CAC criteria and forms can be found at http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/ Forms will be updated on the Congressional website in early 2014, so please keep checking for the correct forms. 

Application forms and additional information can be found at the NATA Website.
http://www.nebraskaarteducators.org/k-12-student-exhibits-and-competitions.html

Secondary school students may enter the CAC by filling out the paper work and sending digital images and forms to:  CAC c/o Deborah Kippley, 1004 N. Beadle St. Papillion, NE., 68046 or planartsnetwork@icloud.com (Please put CAC in the email memo.) Please do not send a JPG larger than 6 MB.

All entries must be received by March 3, 2014 with the appropriate forms and winners will be contacted by April 1, 2014.  CAC information can be found on the NATA website under the News & Events or Advocacy tabs. 

Entries Due:     March 3, 2014

Notification:  By April 1, 2014

Nebraska Recognition:  April 23, 2014 TBA

Framed Artwork to Washington DC:  May 2014