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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Congressional Art Competition

Every year, high school students around the country compete for a chance to win a scholarship and have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol. Since 1982, more than 650,000 students have taken part of this exciting opportunity.

congressional art competition
Left: Mya Concepcion’s winning piece; Right: Rep. Larson stands with participants at 2016's award ceremony.

Contest Rules:
All entries must meet the following requirements:

  • Be two dimensional
  • Be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” thick when framed, this is SMALLER than previous years. 
  • Be no heavier than 15 lbs. when framed
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws

How to Enter
The 2018 Competition is open. Students interested in participating in 2018 should:

For more information please visit:

Or, contact Lisa Perrone in Congressman Larson’s Office  at 860-278-8888 or


Dear all interested parties in the Congressional Art Competition 2018,   (Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design and Tennessee Wesleyan, as well as 2 airline tickets to June 27th event in DC of nationwide winners is at stake)

Please drop off artwork the week of April 16 – Monday through Friday April 20th 9am to 5pm

Winner and Honorable Mentions will be announced the next week and May 3rd Thursday evening will be a reception at the Office of Congressman Larson for the winner and honorees.

NOTE new size of art work – 26” x 26” x 4” MAXIMUM.       (This is smaller than previous years.)

Artwork only needs to be MATTED for the local judging.  One entry per student.

Please click here for description of contest and details.

Please use this release form the for the local judging. 

For a site with description of the show in DC which the winner will attend please click here.