Art Competition

1st place winner - One for beauty. All for empowerment by Kendrick James

2019 CAC’s Grand Prize Winner, One For Beauty. All For Empowerment by Kendrik James, Walter L. Cohen High College Prep


Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 2nd 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 following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds, including frame. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • 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. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Artwork and paperwork delivery day is Friday, April 3, 2020 from 8:30am – 4:30pm. See “2020 Directions for Delivery” document for details.  This year’s Awards Ceremony and Exhibit will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  Event’s location: Xavier University’s University Center, 2nd Floor at 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans, LA 70125.The complete 2020 rules, guide to copyright and plagiarism, release form (must be typed) and directions for delivery forms for the competition can be found below:

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact my staff member, Jessica Simeon at (504) 288-3777 or


  marks required fields of data.

Student Information
School Information
Entry Information

Print This Form

You can print and sign this form after you click the Generate Application for Review button below. The address information is located on this page and also on the print preview page.