Congressional Art Competition

Artistic Discovery Competition 2017

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 began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students grades 9-12 in the 3rd District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building. The exhibit, in Washington, D.C., will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide. 

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. Each student may enter up to two pieces. Please review all attached information for submission information, acceptable size requirements and more.


2017 Deadlines

Monday, April 17: See attached downloadable District Framing Guidelines PDF for District submission locations and details.  

Monday, April 24-Sunday, April 30: Public Exhibition of Artwork 

Roane State Community College         Public Exhibition Hours                                 

McNally/Coffey Building                        Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm                                       

701 Briarcliff Avenue                            Saturday & Sunday Noon-4:00pm                                      

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Sunday, April 30:TN 3rd District Art Show Reception

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibition Viewing and Refreshments
  • 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony Begins

TBA:  National Winners Reception, Washington, D.C. 


Please contact Field Representatives Cindy Boshears, at 865-576-1976 or Michelle Harstine, at 423-756-2342 for more information.