Art Competition

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) in our 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's Congressional Art Competition page.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” and may weigh no more than 15

Pounds (including the frame).

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

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). Please find guidelines on artwork submission below:


For Students:


For Teachers:


  • Friday April 12th, 2019 at 5:00 PM: Submission Deadline
    • Each student will submit their artwork to Representative Rouda’s District Office (4000 Westerly Pl, Newport Beach CA 92660).
      • * Disclaimer: Student must live in the 48th District (click here to find out if you reside in the 48th district). 
      • Teacher’s Packet
      • Student’s Packet
  • Tuesday April 16th – Saturday April 20th, 2019: Artwork Displayed for Public
    • All submitted artwork will be hung for public viewing at Furnishing Hope
      • 1062 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660
      • 10:00 AM – 6:00 pm
    • Saturday April 20th: Coffee and Croissants
      • 1062 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660
      • 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Monday April 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 PM: District Reception
    • All candidates, art teachers, faculty, and families will be invited to a unveiling of artwork from students across the district.
    • During the reception, a panel of judges from the 48th District will select the 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winners who will receive prize money.|
  • Monday June 24th, 2019: Washington DC Ceremony
    • 1st place winner is invited to attend a ceremony in DC in June 2019. Flight information will be handled by the Congressional Art Institute.


If you wish to participate in the Congressional Artistic Discovery Contest, please contact your art teacher. If your school is not participating in the competition or if you are homeschooled, please contact Natasha Kaushal at