Art Competition


Entries for the 2018 contest are due to the IN 04 District Office at Danville by May 4, 2018.

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.  Also known as the Congressional Art Competition, this contest 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 Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 4th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

If selected as the district winner, the art work must be framed and should be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep to the outside of the frame, and 15 pounds in weight.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • 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, execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. and relate to the theme.  Artwork may not depict subjects of contemporary political controversy, be sensationalistic or of gruesome nature.  They should be entered in the original medium (a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing will not be accepted).

Submissions for 2018 must be received at the Danville office by May 4, 2018.  All entries MUST include the student release form located at the bottom of this page. The winner will be notified the week of May 7th.

Teachers and students can find the Congressional Art Competition rules at the bottom of this page. If you would like more information regarding the annual Congressional District Art Competition please submit the following form or contact Diane Hubbard at (317) 718-0404 or email


2017 4th District Art Competition Winning Submission - Linoleum Print by Abigail Bowles of Wolcott.

2016 4th District Art Competition Winning Submission - 200 Years for Indiana by Jessica Phillips of Danville.

2015 4th District Art Competition Winning Submission - Skonhet by Emelie Coleman of Lafayette.

2014 4th District Art Competition Winning Submission - Red Dog by Gracie Conklin of Brownsburg.