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Congressional Art Competition

Thank you for your interest in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition (CAC). Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the talents of young artists in their districts. The winning artwork is then displayed at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year with other national winners.

The Congressional Art Competition Theme for 2023 is “Let Freedom Ring”. Digital art submissions will be accepted from private, public, and home-schooled students who reside in or attend school in the 31st Congressional District of Texas which now includes Bell, Bosque, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, and Williamson counties. To find your federal representative, please click here. I look forward to seeing your artworks. Good luck!


TX-31 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines:

Deadline: April 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm CT

Required Entry Forms and Guidelines:

  • All TX-31 entries must be submitted in high resolution digital JPEG format. Send all entries and student release forms to: Late submissions or submissions without appropriate forms will not be accepted.
  • Files should not exceed 2MB.
  • Original entries may be submitted by the teacher or student.
  • Each student can submit only ONE piece of original artwork.
  • The JPG MUST be titled with student’s First Name, Last Name, School.
  • No 3-D art will be accepted.

For 2-Dimensional Collage entries:  Please send a front, side & rear view.jpg with the artwork against a plain neutral background.  Photograph artwork in natural/indirect light and turn off live photo mode. Make sure flash is off on camera/phone camera. Do not photograph framed artwork as the reflection of the glass will distort the photographed submission.

Artwork categories:

  • 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

Grand Prize Winner

The digital artwork will be juried by an independent art panel, and a winner will be selected from each category. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the category winners.

After being honored in the district, the Grand Prize-winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. The display dates are determined by the House Office Building Commission and cannot be returned to the student earlier. Students should enter art that they do not want to be used for another purpose.

  • The Grand Prize-winning artwork will be honored in the district and then go to Washington, D.C.
  • This artwork must be two-dimensional and framed.
  • Framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep (including the frame).
  • No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • The framed Grand Prize artwork must arrive in the Belton, TX Congressional office, 2180 North Main Street, Suite 1-10, Belton, TX 76513 no later than May 16, 2023.

Additional questions, please reach out to Cheryl Hassmann, Service Academy Liaison & Congressional Programs Coordinator, at

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