I am excited to announce that the 2017 Congressional Arts Competition is now underway and we've extended the deadline! All entries, with a signed information release form, are due to the District Office (850 Bear Tavern Road, Ewing NJ), your high school’s contact or a local drop off location by April 26th at 5:30pm - location's are listed here. Any high school student in the 12th Congressional District is eligible to submit one piece of artwork. Please verify your district at www.house.gov.

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 the 12th 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.

When posting about the Congressional Art Competition on social media, please use the following hashtags:

  • Twitter: #CAC2017
  • Facebook and Instagram: #CongressionalArtCompetition

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:
Please be advised that the dimensions for the competition have changed so that artwork MUST BE NO LARGER THAN 26 INCHES BY 26 INCHES BY 4 INCHES. This includes the frame.

  • Each entrant may only submit one piece of art that must meet the following criteria:
    • Be two dimensional
    • Be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick
    • Not weigh more than 15 pounds, including frame
    • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. Copyright laws.
    • Be in original medium (cannot be a scanned reproduction of the painting/drawing)
    • Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
      • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
      • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers, etc. (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
      • Collage (must be two dimensional)
      • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints, etc.
      • Mixed Media
      • Computer Generated Art
      • Photography
    • Be able to be hung for the final exhibition
  • Each entry must be accompanied by an Information/Release Form (supplied by the office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman).

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).

All entries will be showcased at the third annual Congressional Arts Competition Awards Presentation in Early May. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the District Office at (609) 883-0026.

Drop off Locations



Dates and Times Available for Drop Off

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman’s District Office

850 Bear Tavern Rd.

Ewing, NJ


April 10th to April 26th

Monday to Friday

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Arts Council of Princeton

102 Witherspoon St.

Princeton, NJ



April 10th to April 26th



West Windsor Arts Council

952 Alexander Rd.

Princeton Junction, NJ


April 10th to April 26th

Monday to Friday

10am to 6pm

South Brunswick Public Library

(At the Information Desk)

110 Kingston Lane

Monmouth Junction, NJ


April 10th to April 26th

M to Th: 10 AM to 9 PM

F: 12 to 6 PM

Sat: 10 AM to 5 PM

Sun: 1 to 5 PM

Bound Brook Memorial Library

402 East High St.

Bound Brook, NJ


April 10th – 26th

Mon to Thur from 10am – 8pm

Fri and Sat from 10am-4pm

No Sunday drop-off

Plainfield City Hall

515 Watchung Ave.

Plainfield, NJ


April 10th to April 26th

Mon- Fri

9 AM to 5 PM