Scenic photo of Dismals Canyon

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.

I am pleased to announce the 2020 4th District Congressional Art Competition will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Guntersville Museum located at 1215 Rayburn Avenue, Guntersville, AL 35976.  All students participating in the competion, along with their parents and art teachers, are invited to attend a reception and awards ceremony.

The 'Best of Show' artwork winner will represent Alabama's 4th Congressional District by being displayed in the U.S. Capitol Complex for an entire year.  Also, the winner will be awarded two round-trip airline tickets and $500 for traveling expenses to attend the National Exhibition Reception in Washington, D.C. this summer.  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 26 inches by 26 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).

Please click HERE to download the required forms for teachers and students.  If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Pam Abernathy in my Gadsden District Office at 256-546-0201.