Congressional Art Competition

Student Information and Release Form
Art Submission Checklist

Each year I invite high school aged students in the 25th Congressional District to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. Sponsored by the Congressional Institute, students from around the country are encouraged to put their artistic skills to the test. Winning artists will have their artwork prominently displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year, beginning in May.

Competition rules and details can be found below:

All entries must be submitted by April 21st, 2014

Submit your artwork in just a few easy steps:

1.    Confirm that all guidelines are met. (see submission checklist)

2.    Copies of the following must be submitted via email before dropping of your entry:

-student information and release form

-digital picture of the artwork

Send email to with “Congressional Art Competition Entry” in the subject line.


3.       Affix your student information and release form on the back of your artwork before submitting (or it will not be accepted.)

4.       Drop off your piece.

Artwork may be dropped off anytime during normal business hours at:

Fast Frame- Valencia

24204 Valencia Blvd
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 291-1325

Monday               10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday               10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday        10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday             10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday                    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday              10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed


Important for AV and Simi Valley Residents


The following locations are alternate drop-off locations for your convenience:

Simi Valley Students

Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce 
40 W. Cochran St. Suite 100
Simi Valley CA 93065
Phone: (805) 526-3900


Antelope Valley Students
AV Office of Congressman McKeon
1008 W. Ave M-14 Suite E-
Palmdale, CA 93551
Phone: (661) 274-9688

That’s it! Your artwork is submitted.

Attend the Judging and Reception Event on Wednesday April 30th.


Any questions regarding the congressional art competition please contact

Heather Duncan

661-254-2111 or

Judging and Reception event will take place on Wednesday April 30th at Fast Frame Valencia.


General Guidelines 

The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 
7th through 12th grades on one campus. 
Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” (28 
inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it 
must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed 
piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. 
Framing guidelines apply only to the ONE winning artwork that will be sent to Washington, 
DC. Each Member of Congress may include additional entry rules for his or her own District but is 
encouraged to follow the following guidelines for mediums and size. Please consult your 
Representative’s office to see whether entrants must adhere to additional requirements, such as 
framing the artwork, for the district competition. 
Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows: 
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc. 
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that 
charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.) 
• Collages: 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 
• Photographs 
Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright 
laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, 
or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the 
competition rules and will not be accepted. 
Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or 
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. 
Suitability Guidelines 
As outlined in these guidelines, the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2014 
Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons 
chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, we do wish to 
avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in this highly travelled area leading to the 
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. 
Student Information and Release Form 
Each entrant must submit a Student Information and Release Form. The Student Information and 
Release Form is available through the office of your Member of Congress. 
The information requested on the first page of the form should be provided as thoroughly as possible. 
Students should list their mailing addresses, if they differ from their home addresses. 
The form requires a description of the artwork, which should be detailed, clearly identifying the major 
elements of the work. For example, “self-portrait” or “a picture of two people” would be unacceptable, 
due to the large number of works that would fit that description. The following is an example of an 
acceptable description: “A painting of two people; the one on the left wears a green sweater and 
khaki pants; the one on the right wears a black shirt and a striped skirt. A dog sits at their feet.” 
The second page of the Student Information and Release Form contains a legal release and a 
certification that the artwork is original in design and execution. The student, an art teacher, and a 
parent or guardian must sign where appropriate. Entries without signed originality certifications and 
artwork releases may not be accepted. 
A TYPED copy of the Student Information and Release Form, signed by the teacher, a parent or 
guardian, and the student, must be securely attached to the back of the artwork to certify the 
originality of the piece. Please retain a copy for your records. 
Framing Guidelines (Overall Winner) 
Framing guidelines apply only to the ONE winning artwork that will be sent to Washington, 
DC. Each Member of Congress may include additional entry rules for his or her own District; please 
consult your Representative’s office to see whether a frame is required for the district competition. 
Even if your Member of Congress does not require a frame to enter the artwork in the district 
competition, if your artwork is selected for display in the Congressional Art Competition 
exhibition, it must be delivered in a frame no larger than 28 by 28 inches in size. 
All winning artwork must be enhanced and protected by a sturdy frame. Frames must be made 
of wood or metal. No plastic “snap on” frames or metal frames that can easily come apart are to be 3
All artwork except paintings in oil or acrylic on canvas must be protected by Plexiglas or glass. 
Plexiglas is preferred. If glass is used, special packing and shipping arrangements are encouraged to 
ensure that the work is not damaged if the glass breaks. 
All works, including frame, should be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches 
deep, to the outside of the frame, and 15 pounds in weight. Ensure the framer is informed of the size 
and weight limit and double check the size before sending the entry to Washington, DC. Due to wide 
participation of Member offices, framed works larger than the specified dimensions will be turned 
Matting can enhance or detract from a work of art and should be carefully selected. 
The artwork will be hung from vertical wires. Two sturdy eye hooks or the equivalent must be 
attached at the top right and left sides of the back of the frame for hanging in order to prevent the 
work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Wire between the hooks is not needed. 
Do not attach labels, ribbons, etc., to the front of the piece or underneath the glass or Plexiglas. 
Please indicate which side is up by marking arrows pointing towards the top on the back. 
Each work must have a label with this information securely applied to the back: 
Please use the largest label you have available. This information should be typed. 
Student Name 
Phone Number 
Member’s Name 
State and District