Congressional High School Art Exhibition

The Armstrong State University Department of Art, Music, & Theatre is proud to host An Artistic Discovery, the United States Congressional High School Art Exhibition for Georgia’s First Congressional District in the Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery. Works submitted for the exhibition are eligible for a number of cash awards, as well as the prestigious US District Congressional Award.

The Congressional Art Competition is held annually and is a unique opportunity in which a US Congressman or Congresswoman is able to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within his/her district, thereby acknowledging the nation's gifted young artists. The winning entry from each district are prominently displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C. The Cannon Tunnel connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol and is traveled on a daily basis by congressman/ as well as their staff members.

This year’s exhibition will be on display at Armstrong’s Fine Arts Gallery from February 18 through March 6, 2016. An awards ceremony and closing reception is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, beginning at 2 p.m. The winning Congressional work will represent the 1st Congressional district in an exhibition in Washington, D.C. for one year.

All high schools in Georgia's 1st United States Congressional District are eligible to submit up to 14 student works per art teacher. Each student is allowed no more than two entries. If a school has more than one art teacher, each art teacher may submit up to 14 works.

Entries will be submitted digitally and juried without delivering the actual work to the university gallery. The art teacher (s) from schools wishing to participate will submit Works on-line. The deadline for entries will be midnight on Thursday, January 21.  Jurying will take place over the weekend and notification of works accepted will be given to teachers by email by Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Accepted works will be due in the Armstrong Gallery by 6 pm on Thursday, February 11. Work that has been copied from another source (such as a drawing from a published photograph) or work that has been submitted in previous years will be pre-juried out of the exhibition. A local art professional has been selected to choose approximately 65 works to be hung in the show and to select the award winners. All works accepted will need to be suitably framed or mounted with a wire for hanging or it will not be hung in the exhibition.

The link for submitting work online will be available in December 2015. Any questions should be email to Dr. Tom Cato at

2016 Congressional Show Prospectus will not be available until 2016
2016 Congressional Exhibition Online Entry closed until December 2016