Art Competition

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in collaboration with the Congressional Institute. The competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

Congressman Pappas welcomes participation by high school students who attend schools in or live in New Hampshire's First Congressional District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, as part of an exhibit with winners from around the country. Winning artwork is also featured on the House Congressional Art Competition webpage. Second place artwork will be displayed in the Congressman’s D.C. office in the Cannon Building, and third place will be displayed in our Manchester district office. 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. 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 must 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.

Each entrant must submit a copy of the release form. Click here to download the release form.

As a Covid-19 safety precaution, submissions are being collected virtually. To submit your piece, please complete this Google Form, attaching all necessary documents, as well as a high-resolution image of your artwork.

Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). A frame is not required for submission.

The deadline for submitting work to be considered for the 2021 Competition is Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

All entrants will be invited to a reception with Congressman Pappas, at which the winner will be announced. Please stay tuned as more details will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact Ben Bernier at or 603-534-9986.