Art Competition

2021 Virtual Congressional Art Competition

If you have questions about the competition, please contact Greg Claus at or 847-383-4870.

COVID-19 Changes:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's competition will be a fully digital Art Competition. Students can continue to create their artworks in their preferred medium. To submit their artwork for review, students must take a clear, well-lit photo of their work

Important dates:

  • April 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm: Artwork due – submit online (form below)

  • Early May: Winners Announced


This year’s theme is “Unity." Students are encouraged to interpret the theme however they chose and submit artwork that reflects their interpretation.


  • This year since our art show is going to be 100% digital due to COVID-19, we have removed the restriction on school submissions of only 5 student works. High school teachers can submit student artwork and/or students can submit their artwork directly. Only one piece can be submitted per student.

  • All submissions must be done electronically using the form:

  • Artwork cannot be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep

  • Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws.

  • Student artists must live in Illinois’s 10th Congressional District. Please look up your student’s district and make sure your student lives in IL10:


The winning entry will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.  The 2nd and 3rd place pieces will be displayed in the Congressman’s District and Washington D.C. offices, respectively.

About the 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.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.


2021 Rules and Documents:

2021 Submission Form: Apply here

Please email 1 photo (35 MB or smaller) of your artwork to Photo should be named: (LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_SCHOOL.jpg).

Photos that are 35 MB or larger will be rejected by our email system. Please compress your photo so the small file size is accepted.