Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide 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 Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District.

Congressman Guy Reschenthaler is accepting entries for the 2021 competition, which is open to all high school students in grades 9-12 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.

Every participant must print out and complete a Student Information and Release form attached here. Artwork cannot be accepted without an attached fully completed typed release form. A teacher's signature can be replaced by an email confirming support. All entries are due by 5pm on Monday, April 19, 2021. Please reach out to Sarah in my district office at 724-206-4800 for drop-off instructions.


You can find a full list of guidelines for students and teachers by clicking here. For any additional questions or information, please feel free to contact Sarah in the Washington County District Office at (724) 206-4800.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules: Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. All artwork must be framed and not exceed the above dimensions.

  • 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). You can find a guide to copyright and plagiarism by clicking here.