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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 Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. This contest is open to high school students only.

Each participating member of the House of Representatives accepts submissions from his or her congressional district.  Congressman Norman represents South Carolina's 5th congressional district, which includes all Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union and York counties and parts of Newberry, Spartanburg and Sumter counties.  (If you are unsure of who your member of Congress is, click here to find that information online.)

The over-all 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 nation-wide. Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26” x 26” x 4”, including the frame, and must not weigh more than 15 pounds. 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

Students who wish to participate may have their art work submitted digitally (JPEG or PDF, high resolution) from their art teacher via e-mail to Karen Schmitt at With each submission please include a statement from the student about their piece (explanation of the art, what was their motivation behind the piece, what did they learn during the process, etc.) Please do NOT include the students name, school, or teachers name on the actual artwork.

Please review the three documents below for additional information, release form, and contest rules. Submissions must be received by April 29, 2022.

We are looking forward to seeing the breathtaking art work from all of the talented students in SC District 5! If you have any questions at all, please contact Karen Schmitt at

2022 Congressional Art Competition