Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

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 the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 5th District, and we have a lot of talented students in our area. The winner's  of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from contest winners across the country. The first place candidate must be able to participate in the national awards reception in Washington D.C. Round-trip airfare will be provided. 

The deadline for the 2019 Art Competition has now passed. 

Details for the Awards Presentation will be announced soon! 

For full submission guidelines, please click here.

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

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc. 
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.) 
  • Collage: must be two-dimensional.
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints.
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc. 
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

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.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines - please submit the following form.

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