Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Congressional Art Competition

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 Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each Congressional District. The overall winner of each district will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

The first-place winner's artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year. Our district first place winner is provided with complimentary airfare to fly to Washington, D.C. to see his/her art displayed in the Capitol Building during an unveiling ceremony. My office is happy to assist in arranging a variety of tours for the winner and his/her parents, including a meeting with me in my Washington DC office. 

First Place Winner: Artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Artwork must arrive at Rep. Olson's Sugar Land office unframed. However, if your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed to the U.S. Capitol measuring no larger than 26" x 26" x 4" (26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep). Framed artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

Artwork accepted mediums are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal.
  • Collage: must be two dimensional
  • ​Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc. 
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes. Artwork that does not comply with the rules or is submitted after the deadline and is not submitted with the proper forms will not be accepted.

 In addition to your artwork, you will need to submit the student release form. Please see the rules and regulations documents before you submit your artwork. At this time, my office is accepting submissions for the 2020 competition. This year, submissions will be accepted online only. A high-resolution image of the artwork and completed forms should be emailed to mary.davis@mail.house.gov and arrive no later than Friday, April 17.

PDF icon Art Competition Rules for Students and Teachers
PDF icon 2020 Student Release Form

If you have any questions, please contact Olson's Sugar Land office at (281)-494-2690.

2019 Art Competition Winner: Jessica Liu, Shadow Creek High School
The 2019 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Jessica Liu from Shadow Creek High School. Her piece, entitled “Cloudy with a Chance of Reins,” currently hangs in the U.S. Capitol. 


"Cloudy with a Chance of Reins" by Jessica Liu

Previous Winners:

2018: The 2018 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Hannah Li. Hannah went to Clements High School and her piece was called "In the Moment."
2017: The 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Tatem Condrey. Tatem went to Ridge Point High School and her piece was called "Heads Up."
2016: The 2016 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Stacy Tao. Stacy went to Clements High School and her piece was called “Her Pride and Joy.”
2015: The 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Anton Zhou. Anton went to Clements High School and his piece was called "Taste of Texas." 
2014: The 2014 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Julian Ybarra. He was a senior at Manvel High School. His piece call "Sunny Day Strumming" is an oil painting on canvas, picturing a Texas cowboy strumming a guitar.
2013: The 2013 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Michelle Huang. She was a tenth grader at Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Her piece, entitled “Call of the Plains,” is an oil painting on canvas, picturing three cowboys riding horses on the plains.
2012: The 2012 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Chelsea MacLean. She was a 12th grader at Pasadena Memorial High School in Pasadena, Texas. The title of her entry was “Riding Free.”
2011: The 2011 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Brittany Seay. She was a senior at Pasadena Memorial High School. The title of her entry was entitled “The Beginning.”