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Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that 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).


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Artwork will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Originality
  2. Concept
  3. Technique
  4. Creativity
  5. Representation of Iowa’s Fourth District

Artwork submissions may be mailed to the district office in Fort Dodge:

Congressman Randy Feenstra
723 Central Avenue
Ft. Dodge, IA 50501

Submissions may also be made by emailing a minimum of two pictures of the artwork to Emily Schwickerath: Submitted artwork photos must be clear and taken from multiple angles. The artist should take pictures in a well-lit environment without shadows. 

All artwork submissions are due April 21, 2021 at 5 PM CST. One winner and two runners-up will be announced on May 1.

One winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. and attend a Congressional reception honoring artwork from across the country. The winner will also have his/her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Two runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Rep. Feenstra’s district offices.


The rules, checklist, and release form for the competition are scheduled to be posted in early February on

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please submit the following form:

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