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 the Fourth 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.

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 including the frame, may be 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 26 inches by 26 inches. If the artwork measures more than 26 inches by 26 inches when framed, it may not be allowed to be hung in the U.S. Capitol with the other winning art pieces.

  • 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).

Any student who wishes to participate in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition needs to mail or deliver the following to Congressman Moolenaar's Midland office no later than Friday, April 16, 2021:

  • The orginal piece of artwork in a frame (must not exceed 26 inches by 26 inches)
  • The completed student release form

If for some reason you cannot mail or deliver the artwork, please contact Luke Derheim at to make alternate arrangements. 

Art work entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame), may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds.

Applicants can find the entry form and the complete rules at this page:

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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