I am excited to announce that the 2019 Congressional Art Competition is now underway! All entries, with a signed information release form, are due to the designated drop off locations or your high school’s drop off by April 26, 2019  (locations are listed below). 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 art competition is hosted by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent across the country, as well as in our Congressional District.

The winning artwork from the 12th District competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building. 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. In addition, second, third, fourth and fifth-place works will be displayed in my Washington, DC and Ewing, NJ offices for one year.

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 deep (including the frame)
    • Not weigh more than 15 pounds (including the frame)
    • Be original in concept, design, and execution; the piece 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).

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 my Congressional Arts Competition Awards Ceremony, where the winner will also be announced.

If you have any questions, contact my Ewing Office at (609) 883-0026.

Drop off Locations:

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's District Office
850 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 201
Ewing, NJ 08528
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542
Monday and Thursday, 9:00AM - 9:00PM
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday and Saturday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM

West Windsor Arts Council
952 Alexander Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Monday – Friday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Bound Brook Memorial Library
402 East High St
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
No Sunday drop-off

Plainfield City Hall
515 Watchung Ave
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Monday – Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM