Art Competition

Congressman Riggleman Announces 2020 Congressional Art Competition


UPDATE: Congressman Riggleman has made changes to his art competition this year due to the COVID19 pandemic and the closure of Virginia schools.  Instead of delivering the artwork to our office, we want students to submit their entry by taking a high-resolution photograph of the art and submitting the photograph, along with the Student Information and Release Form, to with the subject, Art Competition.   Also, the deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Van Valkenburg at (434) 791-2596 or .

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition, An Artistic Discovery, is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. This Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talents of students across the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

Our Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who live in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The artwork is also featured on the

U. S. House of Representative’s website at Our winner, along with other congressional district winners, will also be invited to attend a reception in Washington, DC this summer. 


Congressional Art Competition Rules:

Our office does not require the artwork to be framed for submission to our competition.  However, if your art is chosen as our winner, it will be the student’s responsibility to have it framed according to the rules and returned to our office.

Artwork must adhere to the following guidelines to be entered in the contest: 

  • Two-dimensional
  • No larger than 26 x 26 x 4, including the frame
  • Less than 15 pounds, including the frame
  • Original in concept, design, execution, and does not violate U.S. copyright laws.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

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

All art entries must adhere to additional rules and guidelines established by the Congressional Institute.  To see the complete rules, please review the Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers.  Students will also need to complete the Student Information and Release Form and attach it securely to the back of their artwork.  Our staff will be glad to work with you and/or your art teacher to make sure your artwork arrives at our office before the deadline.  All artwork and Student Information and Release Form must be received in our Charlottesville or Danville District Office by Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. 

Congressman Denver Riggleman              Congressman Denver Riggleman

Charlottesville District Office                       Danville District Office

686 Berkmar Circle                                     308 Craghead Street, Suite 102-D

Charlottesville, VA 22901                            Danville, VA 24541

(434) 976-9631                                            (434) 791-2596


Entries will be judged by the Fifth District’s Art Advisory Board, which is comprised of artists, gallery owners, art teachers and photographers.  If you have any questions or need to arrange delivery, please contact Denise Van Valkenburg in our Danville District Office at (434) 791-2596 or .  Thank you and good luck!