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. Winners of the 2011 and 2012 competition are posted to the right.

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 2 through February 13, 2015 An awards ceremony and closing reception is scheduled for Sunday, February 15, 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 8. Jurying will take place over the weekend and notification of works accepted will be given to teachers by email by Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Accepted works will be due in the Armstrong Gallery by 6 pm on Thursday, January 29. 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.

You should download the Congressional Show Prospectus for the 2015 exhibition and read before submitting work on line. The information is for the 2013 exhibition but should not change when the information is made available from Washington for the 2015 exhibition. The link for submitting work online is available now and may be found in the right column of this page. Any questions should be email to Dr. Tom Cato at

2012 Winners
2011 Winners

2014 Congressional Show Prospectus
2014 Congressional Exhibition Online Entry closed