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. The 2017 winner was Port Huron Northern High School student Andrea Dunn. Her piece, “Homecoming Portrait” is hanging in the Cannon Tunnel, the walkway that connects the House office buildings with the US Capitol.

The Congressional Art Competition 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. 

To participate, students must drop off their (1) piece of artwork and student release form, below, at the Shelby Township district office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 4, 2018. 

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

Dimensions for the artwork should be no larger than 26in. X 26in. X 4in. including the frame Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork include:

  • 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

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).

Please see below for the full checklist, rules, and the student release form required for entry: