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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.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.


All submissions must be received by May 3rd, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 


Please submit a JPG format of a high-resolution photo of the artwork. All submissions should be sent to with the 2021 Student Release Form attached. You can locate the 2021 Student Release Form here. The subject line should include the student's name, the name of the art piece, the medium used, the school the student attends, and their grade. In addition, artwork must be dropped off at Representative Steel’s District Office (17011 Beach Boulevard Suite 570 Huntington Beach, CA 92647).

Candidate Qualifications:

Submissions for the Spring 2021 Congressional Art Competition are open through May 3rd, by 5:00 p.m.  The competition is open to high school students from the grades of 9th - 12th.  The high school must be located in California’s 48th District, or the student must reside in the District.  Students in the 7th and 8th-grade class may participate if the school houses 7th through 12th grades on one campus in the District.  Teachers and/or students should verify their eligibility with our office by calling 714.960.6483 and request to speak with Nicole.

Artwork Criteria:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, up to 4 inches in-depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. 

This year’s theme in our district is “Coastal Heroes.”  The artwork is not required to adhere to the theme, but additional consideration will be given to pieces that are inspired by this theme and the heroes that work in our communities. 

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including 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 and may not violate any 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. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Click here for more information on the Rules and Regulations for the 2021 Congressional Art 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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