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Congressional Art Competition

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition (CAC) is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability. The winning piece of art from each Congressional district is displayed during a year-long exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol. The winner for the Sixth Congressional District of Michigan will be chosen in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ High School Area Show. The artist will be recognized during the awards ceremony and reception.

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two-dimensional
  • Winning exhibit must have wood or metal frame with two sturdy eye hooks or the equivalent at the top right and left sides on the back of the frame and covered with Plexiglas (except paintings in oil or acrylic on canvas)
  • Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches deep, even when framed
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws
  • Follow policy of the House Office Building Commission that disallows depiction of subjects of contemporary political controversy or sensationalistic or of a gruesome nature

Accepted mediums:

  • Paintings: Oily, 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
  • Photographs


2022 Rules for Students and Teachers

2022 Student Release Form

KIA High School Area Show and Submission

How to Submit Your Art

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