Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition is a great way for high school students across the Sixth Congressional District to show off their creativity and rich artistic talent to Americans visiting the U.S. Capitol. This competition engages citizens stretching from Front Royal to Roanoke and from Lynchburg to the highlands of Monterey.  

2018 Winner: Congratulations to Midora Firebaugh of Roanoke for her winning pencil drawing, Memories

Competition Rules & Guidelines

Artwork entered in the contest may no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches and may be up to 4 inches in depth (please note the size change) when framed.  The artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.  If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must adhere to the size guidelines. The artwork may be:

•    Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
•    Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
•    Collage
•    Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
•    Mixed Media
•    Computer Generated Art
•    Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution. It is important to note that there are three different avenues you can pursue to submit your piece. 

•    Students may stop by one of Congressman Goodlatte’s district offices and drop their artwork there.  Offices are located in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Staunton and Harrisonburg.
•    Students or school art instructors may also arrange for a member of Congressman Goodlatte’s district staff to pick up the artwork at a designated location.
•    Students may take a digital photograph(s) of the piece and send it to Congressman Goodlatte’s Staff Assistant, Will Kiley at

NOTE: All submissions must be accompanied by a release form. Please click here to download a PDF version.

Artwork should not  be delivered via mail or any package delivery service.  All items sent to our office via mail are screened.  Artwork delivered will likely be damaged and the offices of Congressman Goodlatte and the U.S. House Sergeant at Arms are not liable for any damage to the artwork.  It is imperative that the artwork is NOT framed when it arrives at Congressman Goodlatte’s office.  The Congressman’s staff will work with you to make arrangements to have your piece framed after it is selected. High School students interested in participating can find a complete listing of the rules and guidelines by clicking here. Submissions that do not adhere to the Competition guidelines will not be considered.

If you have additional questions about the competition, please contact staff at (202) 225-5431.