Art Competition

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Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives holds a nationwide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. It 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.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 2nd District. The winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with other winning pieces from around the country.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work 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.

All artwork must be submitted no later than April 26 at 4:00 p.m. It should be mailed to or dropped off at:

Office of Rep. Rick Larsen
Re: Congressional Art Competition
Wall Street Building
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9F
Everett, WA 98201
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday 
Office of Rep. Rick Larsen 
Re: Congressional Art Competition 
Bellingham Towers 
119 N Commercial Street, Suite 275 
Bellingham, WA 98225
Call 425-252-3188 for drop off appointment 
Anacortes Arts Festival
Re: Congressional Art Competition 
505 O Avenue 
Anacortes, WA 98221 
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 
La Conner Town Hall 
Re: Congressional Art Competition 
204 Douglas St 
La Conner, WA 98257 
9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
Arlington City Hall Administration Office  
Re: Congressional Art Competition 
238 N Olympic Avenue 
Arlington, WA 98223
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

If you wish to submit your artwork to the Bellingham office, please call 425-252-3188 to schedule an appointment.

Before you submit your art, please take a moment to review the following checklist and ensure that:

  • Artwork is no larger than 26" x 26" x 4" when framed
  • Eye hooks or equivalent must be attached at the back of the artwork
  • Student Information and Release Form is attached to the back of the artwork
  • Artwork should have a label affixed to the back with the student's Name, Address, Phone Number, Title, Medium, Congressmember's name, State and District.

A full checklist is available here. Full competition rules are available here

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please call 425-252-3188.

To submit your artwork, please download and print this Student Consent FormThis form must be attached to the artwork that is entered. If you cannot print the form, please contact our office for a copy.