Rep. Valadao accepting submissions for 2024 Congressional Art Competition

Local congressman, Rep. David G. Valadao (CA-22), announced his office is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nationwide high school arts competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent for students nationwide.

“The Congressional Art Competition is an incredible chance for Central Valley students to demonstrate their artistic skills and abilities,” said Congressman Valadao. “I’m excited to see what our students create for this year's competition and look forward to seeing the winner’s work in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.”

Students must submit their artwork and a student release form by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, May 3, 2024.

The winner of the challenge will have their artwork displayed for 1 year in the United States Capitol Building, as well as be invited to attend a winners’ reception in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2024. Students must be in high school (Grades 9-12) to participate.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

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

• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)

• Collages: must be two-dimensional

• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

• Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

• Computer-generated art

• Photographs

All additional rules and regulations can be found here

Before submitting their work, students should review the Student Submission Checklist, which can be found here.

To submit your art, please send a high-resolution picture of your artwork (jpeg format) and the Student Release Form to by the deadline. All submission or rule questions should be directed to Olivia Speno at or by calling (202) 225-4695.