Congressional Art Competition

Artistic Discovery Competition 2016

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.


2016 Deadlines

Wednesday, April 20: See attached downloadable District Framing Guidelines PDF for District submission locations and details.  (Downloads are located at the bottom of the page.)

Monday, April 25--Sunday, May 1: Public Exhibition of Artwork 

Chattanooga State Community College                        Studio/Exhibit Hours

Humanities Building                                                      Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

4501 Amnicola Highway                                               Saturday & Sunday - TBD

Chattanooga, TN 37406

Sunday, May 1: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

Thursday, June 23:  National Winners Reception, Washington, D.C. 


Please contact Michelle M. HarstineField Representative, at 423-756-2342 for more information.