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Congressional Art Competition

*The 2020 First District Congressional Art Competition has been postponed until further notice*

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.

Left: Kelly McKaig from Glastonbury High School stands with her winning piece; Right: Rep. Larson stands with McKaig and her family at 2019 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 2020 Competition is open. Students interested in participating in 2020 should:

For more information please visit:

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


Dear all interested parties in the Congressional Art Competition 2020,  

(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 March 23rd – Monday through Friday March 27th from 9 to 5.

Winner and Honorable Mentions will be announced the first week of April and contacted directly via e-mail Wednesday April 1st.

Tuesday, April 7th a reception will be held at Peppercorn's in Hartford for the winner and honorees. Rep. Larson 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 2019 winners in the show in DC where our 2020 winner will have their work displayed: