High School students can now submit art for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition

High school students who live in the 8th Congressional District have the opportunity for their work to be featured at the U.S. Capitol and get a free trip to Washington D.C.

Rep. Larry Bucshon’s office will accept submissions from 8th District high school students for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition until April 27.

The event takes place across the nation, providing an opportunity for members of Congress “to understand, acknowledge and honor the artistic talent of their high school constituents,” according to a news release from Bucshon’s office. The event is open to all high school students who live in or attend a school in the district, including those in home school.

The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The winner of the People’s Choice Award (artwork with the most likes, comments, and shares on Rep. Bucshon’s Facebook page) will hang in the congressman’s Washington D.C. office for a year.

The winner from the district will have their work displayed for a year in the United States Capitol Complex in Washington D.C. The artist will also receive an invitation to attend the winner’s reception for the art competition in Washington, D.C. this June.
There are several rules and criteria to enter the show. For more information, please visit this link.

The winner, which is chosen by a panel of local judges, will be notified during a reception at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville at 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 3. All artists, teachers, family and friends are welcomed to attend.

How to submit

All submissions are due by April 27.

Art intake will be done by scheduling a time to drop off the artwork at a district office (Terre Haute, Evansville, Jasper, or Vincennes) or by having a staff member of Congressman Bucshon’s pickup artwork at a local high school. Each entry must include a copy of the release form. Click Here to Fill out the release form and print/attach a copy to the back of the artwork.Please email Allie Johnston to coordinate details at [email protected] or call at 812-459-8093.

Along with your submission, please email the following to [email protected]

  • A clear, high-resolution picture of the student’s artwork uploaded in a PDF, JPEG, or PNG file.
  • A scanned, signed copy of the Student Information & Release Form, complete to the best of the student’s ability, and uploaded as a PDF. 

Details on rules, criteria and how to submit can be found here.

What are the rules?

Congressman Bucshon’s website has all the rules and guidelines you’ll need to make sure your entry is up for consideration in the competition.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches in depth (including the frame). Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. The art work may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. 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.

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). For more on copyright and plagiarism click here.

Here are all the forms you’ll need

Rules and Regs

Student release form

Guide to copyright and plagiarism

Art drop-off locations (be sure to schedule a time with Congressman Bucshon’s office)

20 NW Third St.
Suite 1230
Evansville, IN 47708
Phone: 812-465-6484
Fax: 812-422-4761
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT

Terre Haute
901 Wabash Ave. Suite 140
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Phone: 812-232-0523
Fax: 812-232-0526
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

610 Main St.
First Floor Small Conference Room
Jasper, IN 47547
Hours: By Appointment Only

1500 N. Chestnut St.
Vincennes, IN 47591
Hours: By Appointment Only

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