|Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Participating high schools submit students' entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
Update on 2020 Congressional Art Competition:
Congressman McGovern has decided to cancel the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for Massachusetts' Second District due to the coronavirus pandemic. While this was a difficult decision, he believes it is necessary to protect the health and safety of students in Massachusetts.