Congressman John Carter

Representing the 31st District of Texas

Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition is a decadeslong tradition meant to encourage and recognize the rich talent of young artists throughout the country. Every spring, Congressman Carter invites students from the 31st District to join this annual contest and showcase their artistic skills.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all students in grades 7–12 who reside or attend school in the 31st District. The winner from Texas' 31st District will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at an annual awards ceremony in June.

The exhibit in Washington, D.C. 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.

Congressional Art Competition Rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in-depth, and can 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.

Artwork may include:

  • 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.

To participate, students must review the 2020 Rules for Students and Teachers and complete the 2020 Student Release Form.

For any additional questions or information, please visit the Congressional Art Competition website, or contact Julie Sharifian at our Round Rock office at 512-246-1600 or via email: