Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual arts competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

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The Eighth District's 2022 winner, "Transfer of Love" by Qihan Fu.

The annual Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 8th District. The winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

Entries should be sent to Joseph Weydt in our Boston Office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Congressman Lynch’s office at (617) 428-2000.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26" x 26" (including the frame) and may be up to 4" in depth. The art work may be:

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

All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution. More information on the Congressional Art Competition, including an overview of the competition rules and the student release form can be found here.

Congressional App Challenge

Every year we challenge students in our district to create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Each challenge is district-specific. Each winning app may be put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year and additional prizes may be available. 

To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than four students are allowed to form a team. Students may compete in the district they reside in or the district they attend school in. If competing as a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in. Submissions are due November 1st, 2022.

For more information, please visit the CAC website here. If you have questions, please contact Keyana Adarkwah at