Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 700,000 high school students have been involved with this nationwide competition. The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2018. 

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 8th District. Students will work through the art teachers at their high school to submit works to the competition. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year. In addition, second place will be displayed in Congressman Cook’s Capitol Office, and the third place selection will be on display in the Apple Valley District Office.

Art work entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth.

The submission may be:
Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
Mixed Media
Computer Generated Art

All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Christopher Porter ( in Congressman Cook’s District Office at 760-247-1815.