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Congressional Art Competition

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.

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 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

Due to COVID-19, Rep. Norman's office is accepting entries for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition electronically. Students who wish to participate should send digital images or a PDF of their artwork to Karen Schmitt at Please review the three documents below for additional information, release form, and contest rules. Submissions must be received by April 19, 2021.

For additional questions, please contact Karen Schmitt in Rep. Norman's office by email at or by phone at (202) 225-5501.

2021 Congressional Art Competition