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Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

The Congressional Art Competition is open to high school students in New York’s 2nd Congressional District. The first-place winner’s artwork will be on display in the U.S. Capitol and will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Exhibition Opening Celebration of their artwork. The second-place winning entry will hang in Garbarino’s Washington, D.C. office for a year and the third-place winning entry will hang in the Massapequa Park District Office for a year.

Framed artwork must be submitted to Congressman Garbarino’s Massapequa Park district office with the appropriate documentation by Friday, May 7, 2021. Please e-mail Lindsay Ekizian at Lindsay.ekizian@mail.house.gov to confirm the day and approximate time to drop off. The Student Information and Release Form must be attached to the back of the artwork. If you are dropping your artwork off in person, please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any 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 drawing).

The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on House.gov.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please submit the following form.

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