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Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide 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.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 2nd District. The overall winner 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 other contest winners nationwide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • 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.

Students wishing to enter the competition should fill out, print, sign and submit the Student Information Release form to my district office at 406 W. Broad Street; Dunn, NC  28334.  All release forms and artwork for the 2014 competition need to be delivered to my office no later than April 3, 2015.  If you need additional information, please contact Pat Fitzgerald in the district office at 910-230-1910.

Link to Student Information Release Form


Congressional Art Competition Second District Winner -- 2011

2011 Artistic Discovery Contest winner from the 2nd District, Taylor Wood.