Pearland TX

Olson accepting submissions for Congressional art contest

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson encourages high school students from Texas 22nd Congressional District to submit artwork for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. Entries will be accepted until April 17.

The winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, as well as receive two round-trip plane tickets to attend a reception in Washington.

Pete-Olson“Every year, talented high school artists share their unique perspectives on life and of the American experience through their artwork in the Congressional Art Competition,” Rep. Olson said. “This competition gives them an opportunity to showcase their artistic talent and vision for the thousands of folks who visit the Capitol each year. I encourage the many talented artists in TX-22 to enter this competition and share their artwork with others in Texas and the nation.”
Artwork entries may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame), and up to 4 inches in depth and 15 pounds in weight. Entries should be in one of the following medium:

• Paintings – oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

• Drawings – pastels, pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, ink, markers (charcoal and pastel should be fixed)

• Collages – must be two dimensional

• Prints – lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

• Computer-generated art

• Photographs

• Mixed Media – use of two or more of the above mediums

There is one entry allowed per student, and all entries must be original in concept, design and execution, and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. They may also not depict subjects of contemporary political controversy, be sensationalistic or gruesome in nature.

Artwork is due to Olson’s Sugar Land office from Wednesday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Artwork must be two-dimensional and be submitted to Rep. Olson’s Sugar Land office unframed. In addition to the artwork, participants will need to submit the student release form. For rules, regulations, and criteria, please visit

2018 Art Competition Winner: Hannah Li
Hannah Li -- In the Moment_0.jpgThe 2018 Congressional High School Art Competition winner was Hannah Li from Clements High School. Her piece, entitled “In the Moment,” currently hangs in the U.S. Capitol.