2018 ART COMPETITION GUIDELINES | GENERAL GUIDELINES | Guías o bases del certamen
- The competition is open to high school students only.
- Students MUST provide a written explanation about their entry in order to help the
judges understand the students’ thoughts and purpose in creating the particular art
piece. The explanation (no longer than one page) should provide information that the
student would want the judge to consider about his or her piece during the evaluation
process. The student may attach the explanation to the back side of their artwork.
- In order to allow an artwork to hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, the following
restrictions are enforced:
- All artwork must be framed to the appropriate framing guidelines (see framing
- Artwork must conform to these restrictions:
- Piece must be two-dimensional.
- Each framed piece can be no larger than 26”x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26
inches wide, and 4 inches deep) including the frame.
- Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.
- Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not
violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry which has been copied from an
existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement), that
was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the
competition rules and will not be accepted.
- Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned
reproduction of a painting or drawing).
- Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned
to the student earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other
- Acceptable media for artwork are as follows:
o Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
o Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended
that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
o Collages: must be two dimensional
o Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
o Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
o Computer-generated art
The final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2018 Congressional Art
Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by House Office Building Commission.
While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, we do wish to avoid artwork that is potentially
inappropriate for display in this highly-travelled area leading to the Capitol.
- In accordance with this policy of the House Office Building Commission, exhibits depicting
subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not
allowed. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of
the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission’s policy will be omitted
from the exhibit.
- Each Member of Congress will be required to submit a Letter of Support confirming that the
Member has determined that the winning artwork adheres to the Commission’s policy.
However, if another Member of Congress requests a review of any artwork for compliance
with the Commission’s policy, the final decision regarding the artwork’s suitability for display
will be made by the Commission.
STUDENT RELEASE AND INFORMATION FORM:
- Each entrant must submit a Student Information and Release Form.
- The information requested on the first page of the form should be provided as thoroughly as
possible. Students should list their mailing address, if it differs from their home address.
Students should also include contact information that will be valid for several years.
- The form requires a description of the artwork, which should be detailed, clearly identifying
the major elements of the work. For example, “self-portrait” or “a picture of two people”
would be unacceptable, due to the large number of works that would fit that description. The
following is an example of an acceptable description: “A painting of two people; the one on
the left wears a green sweater and khaki pants; the one of the right wears a black shirt and
striped skirt. A dog sits at their feet.”
- The second page of the Student Information and Release Form contains a legal release and a
certification that the artwork is original in design and execution. The student, an art teacher,
and a parent or guardian must sign where appropriate. Entries without signed originality
certifications and artwork releases may not be accepted.
- A TYPED copy of the Student Release Form, signed by the teacher, the student, and a parent
or guardian if the student is under 18, must be securely attached to the back of the artwork to
certify the originality of the piece.
Each work must have an adhesive label securely applied to the back. Please use the largest label you have available and type the requested information below:
WI-01 FRAMING GUIDELINES (OVERALL WINNER)
- Please note that participating entries DO NOT have to be framed for the April 28
ceremony. However, the First Place Winner WILL BE responsible for following these
framing guidelines and resubmitting their framed artwork before May 21, 2018.
- All winning artwork must be framed. Frames must be made of wood or metal and should
be kept as simple and sturdy as possible. No plastic “snap on” frames or metal frames that can
easily come apart are to be used.
- All artwork except paintings in oil or acrylic on canvas must be protected by Plexiglas or
glass. Plexiglas is preferred.
- All works, including frame¸ should be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4
inches deep, to the outside of the frame, and 15 pounds in weight. Due to wide participation
of Member offices, framed work larger than the specified dimensions will be turned away.
- Matting can enhance or detract from a work of art and should be carefully selected.
- The artwork will be hung from vertical wires. Two sturdy eye hooks or the equivalent must
be attached at the top right and the left sides of the back of the frame for hanging in
order to prevent the work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Wire between the
hooks is not needed.
- Do not attach labels, ribbon, etc. to the front of the piece or underneath the glass or Plexiglas.
- If the artwork is abstract in design, please indicate on the back side which side is “up” with
arrows pointing towards the top.
- As directed by the House Oversight and Standards of Official Conduct Committees, each
district winner is responsible for framing his or her own entry.
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