Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide 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.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster invites current high school students within New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District to participate in this year’s competition. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol as well as the House Congressional Art Competition webpage. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art submissions for the 2024 contest for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District may be made in-person or virtually following the guidelines and instructions below.


Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

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

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you visit the Scholastic website.

Submission Guidelines:

Art submissions for the 2024 contest for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District should be made in-person.

All submissions must include the artist's:

— Full name
— City/town
— School attended
— Email address
— Phone number

Each entrant also must submit a copy of the release form. Click here to download the release form.

The deadline for submitting work to be considered for the 2024 Competition is 5:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2024.

For more information, please contact Dawn Pollinger at or (603) 226-1002.