The Congressional Art Competition | Congressman Tim Ryan
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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's Congressional Art Competition page.

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

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds, framed. 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).

An Artistic Discovery Timeline -- 2018

Thursday April 12, 2018: All artwork must be submitted either to Congressman Ryan's Akron, Warren or Youngstown offices. Please call the district office BEFORE you drop off the artwork. 

1030 E Tallmadge Avenue
Akron, OH 44310
Phone: (330) 630-7311

197 West Market Street
Warren, OH 44481
Phone: (330) 373-0074

241 W Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: (330) 740-0193

Week of April 16-20: Judging and finalists chosen.

Friday, April 20th: Finalists invitations are emailed. RSVP's required by Wednesday, April 25.

Saturday, April 28th, 10:00a.m.: Winners' reception at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, Presentation by Congressman Tim Ryan

Wednesday, June 27th: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Reception in Washington, D.C.

Please note: two copies of the Student Release From are required. One attached to the art piece and one submitted separately. The Student Release Form can be found here.

In addition, the below information should be affixed to the left bottom corner of the artwork:

Student Name:
Phone Number:
Email Address:
Title Medium:
Member's Name: Representative Tim Ryan
State: OH
District 13

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

  marks required fields of data.

Student Information
School Information
Entry Information

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