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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 2019 Competition is open. Students interested in participating in 2019 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 2019,  

(Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design and Tennessee Wesleyan, as well as 2 airline tickets to June event in DC of nationwide winners are at stake)

Please drop off artwork the week of April 1st – Monday through Friday April 5th from 9 to 5.

Winner and Honorable Mentions will be announced the next week of April and on May 28th there will be a reception in Hartford for the winner and honorees.  The Congressman will be in attendance.

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 a description of contest and details –  For the local judging, please use the one page Release Form found here.

Site with 2018 winners in the show in DC where our 2019 winner will have their work displayed: