Congressional Art Competition

Every spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide contest for visual artists in high school. The competition recognizes the inspiring work of young artists from each Congressional District and showcases the creativity of our nation’s future artists. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

If you are a high school student residing in Maryland's Third Congressional District and would like to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition, please submit your entry here. (If you are not sure whether you live in Maryland's Third Congressional District, visit

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Sarbanes' office will only accept digital submissions for the Congressional Art Competition through June 17, 2021. Entries can be submitted here. All entrants must also complete and sign a student release form which should be uploaded with your art.

The winner's artwork will be displayed in the underground tunnel leading from the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. for a period of one year.

Please review the full rules of the competition here

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Fred Hassell in the Congressman's District Office at (410) 832-8890.