Art Competition

Please see important updates regarding the 2020 Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman Pete Aguilar due to COVID-19:

The Office of Congressman Pete Aguilar is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation across California’s 31st Congressional District. The health and safety of our community is a top concern for our office. Therefore, we will only accept submissions for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition electronically.  

The following are guidelines for artwork submissions:

The theme for 2020 is, “My Inspiration.” This theme focuses on what inspires each student to be their best or make a positive change in their life or community. The artwork could capture a person(s), place, goal, personal story or historic event. This annual competition is open to all high school students who live in California’s 31st Congressional District. To confirm if a student resides in California’s Congressional District 31, please enter their residential address here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative. If you need assistance with this, please contact Andrea Harlin at (909) 503-5674.

Please see below for additional details on submission requirements:

  • Each student may submit one entry
  • All entries must be original in concept, design and execution
  • Artwork must be no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches, including the frame.
  • No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds
  • The artwork may be any two-dimensional piece, such as:
    • Paintings, including oil, acrylics and watercolor
    • Drawings, including pastels, colored pencil, charcoal, ink and markers
    • Prints, including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints
    • Collage
    • Mixed media
    • Computer generated art
    • Photography

About Congressman Pete Aguilar’s Congressional Art Competition:

The Congressional Art Competition is a great way for the next generation of artists across the country to showcase their creativity and artistry. The winner of the contest in each Congressional District will have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. Inland Empire families visiting Washington, D.C. always take extra time to admire the wonderful artwork created by high schoolers from their community.

Additionally, the winner in each district is invited to visit the United States Capitol to be recognized for their artwork. We hope that you will encourage your high school art students to submit their artwork in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  The second-place winner will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Aguilar’s Washington, D.C. office and the third-place’s winner’s artwork will be displayed in his San Bernardino District Office for one year.