Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide 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.

I am pleased to announce the participation of Florida's 18th Congressional District in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, which provides Members of Congress with the unique opportunity to showcase the talents of creative high school students in their district.  The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in Florida's 18th District, and the winner's work will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with the artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

To view the more than 70 talented entries from Florida's 18th district who participated in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, please click here.  You can also click here to take a virtual tour of last year's exhibit held at Palm Beach State College - Eissey Campus Theatre.

The Congressional Art Competition 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.

Please click here for the necessary documents for participation in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  The office must be notified of your participation and your entry must be received no later than Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at one of the following locations:

171 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: 772-781-3266; Fax: 772-781-3267

2000 PGA Blvd., Suite A3220, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408
Phone: 561-253-8433; Fax: 561-253-8436

121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Room 187, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
Phone: 772-336-2877; Fax: 772-336-2899

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be:

  • 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

A panel of judges will select three semifinalists, which will be announced on social media on Monday, May 4th.  Then, overall winner will be chosen by the highest number of votes via Facebook from Monday, May 4th through noon on Wednesday, May 6th. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. Each participant is limited to one entry.  For more information, please contact Kalene Rowley at my Martin County District Office at (772) 781-3266.