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Congressional Art Competition

The 2022 Congressional Art Competition has ended. Please visit this page next year for updates on the 2023 Congressional Art Competition!

The Congressional Art Competition is a decades-long 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 grades 9–12 who reside or attend school in the 31st District. It is available to 7th & 8th-grade students housed on the same campus as high school students. The winner from Texas' 31st District will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol; student-winners will also be sent a copy of a full-color book that exhibits each first-place artwork. 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 Congressional Art Competition page.

Like many of us, Congressman John Carter considers Central Texas the greatest place on earth.  This year’s theme for Texas’ 31st Congressional District will be “Treasures Of Central Texas” as an opportunity for students to showcase what they love about TX-31. All submissions must fit within the artist's interpretation of the theme.

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


    • Students must submit all required forms in order for the entry to be complete and verified.
    • The artwork must be two-dimensional and each piece can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.
    • Students are only permitted to submit one art piece.
    • All artwork will be displayed as part of an online art exhibition on the Congressman's website and social media platforms.
    • Complete guidelines and rules for teachers and students can be found here and the Student Release form can be found here, download the form to complete it.
    • If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington D.C. framed. The student is responsible for the framing of their piece and delivery to the Congressman's District office. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the maximum dimensions above. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
    • All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any US 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.


All submissions must be physically received by Congressman John Carter’s Williamson County office no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, April 22, 2022. Entries will be judged by a panel of distinguished artists from TX-31st District. The winner(s) will be announced on May 7, 2022 at the winner’s ceremony. This event will be held at the Texas State Round Rock location, 1555 University Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665 in the auditorium from 10 am to 11 am.


For any additional questions or information, please visit the Congressional Art Competition website, or contact our Williamson County office at 512-591-9061.

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