2011 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines

"Gulf Seafood: The Taste of Louisiana"

Each year, Members of Congress hold contests within their districts to choose pieces of art by high school students to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. This impressive art exhibit decorates the Cannon Tunnel and showcases the talent of our nation's young people.

The local theme for this year's art competition is "Gulf Seafood: The Taste of Louisiana." Congressman Scalise encourages high school students with all artistic backgrounds from the First Congressional District to participate. The grand prize winning student will have his or her artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel for one year, and finalists will have their work displayed in one of Congressman Scalise's district offices.

Congressman Scalise will host a reception locally (location TBD) for the artists and their families in early May. At the reception, the winner will be presented with an invitation to the National Reception in the U.S. Capitol in June.

General Guidelines

The Theme for 2011 is "Gulf Seafood: The Taste of Louisiana."

The competition is open to high school students only within the First District.

All entries must incorporate the theme and be received by one of Congressman Scalise's district offices by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 29th.

Artwork categories are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two medias such as pencil, ink,
  • watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-Generated Art
  • Photography

In order to allow artwork to hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, the following restrictions are enforced:

  • All artwork must be framed according to the appropriate framing guidelines, listed below.
  • Artwork must conform to the restrictions:
    • Artwork must be two-dimensional
    • Each piece can be no larger than 28" x 28" x 4" (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.
    • Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry which has been reproduced from an existing photo (not the student's own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.

Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to students earlier. Students, therefore, should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

A TYPED copy of the Student Information Release Form , signed by both the teacher and the student, must be attached to the back of the artwork along with an adhesive label.

Label must include the following information: State, Member's name, Title of piece, Student's name, Student's address and phone number, and Medium.

The final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission's policy will be omitted from the exhibit.