Applications for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition Now Open • The Mendocino Voice | Mendocino County, CAThe Mendocino Voice

Applications for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition Now Open • The Mendocino Voice |  Mendocino County, CAThe Mendocino Voice

MENDOCINO Co., 03/24/22 – North Shore high school students can now submit digital submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition, and entries will be accepted through April 28, 2022, according to an announcement from the office of the Congressman Jared Huffman. Winning artists are selected from each district and will receive a trip to Washington, DC, a certificate and a scholarship. The winning artwork will be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year.

In 2020, Diya Patel of Ukiah won the competition and she spoke with The Voice about her experience in this article.

Here’s the announcement from Huffman’s office with details on how to apply:


washington d.c. – Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced that the 2022 Congressional Art Contest is open to digital submissions from all high school students in California’s second congressional district, who attend extends from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

“I am delighted to announce that the 2022 Congress Art Competition is now open for digital submissions,” Rep. Huffman said. “During the pandemic, we moved to an online submission process so we could continue this beloved tradition – and in doing so, we realized it made the contest more accessible. So this year we are continuing digital submissions to make it easier for young artists from the California North Shore to submit their work for a chance to have their art displayed in the United State Capitol Building. I can’t wait to see what the talented students of the Second District of California will create.


Students must submit a completed entry form through Congressman Huffman’s website and send a photo of their submission to[email protected] before April 28, 2022.

The winning artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol building for one year alongside artwork from every congressional district nationwide. The winning student will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, DC. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition. The winner will also be eligible for a scholarship to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (upon acceptance of admission).

Semi-finalist contests will be held in each county, and a district-wide contest will determine the winner for the second district. Previous winners include: Samuel Lopez of Fairfax (2021), Ukiah’s Diya Patel (2020)and Cloverdale’s Eden Winniford (2019).

Guidelines for the Congressional Art Competition:

  • The work must be two-dimensional.
  • Each piece cannot measure more than 26″h x 26″w x 4″d including frame (frame optional unless selected as winner).
  • The work cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Artwork must be original in concept, must not violate US copyright laws, and must be original in medium (scanned copies are not permitted).
  • Supports acceptable for illustrations are:
  • Paintings: oil, acrylic, watercolour, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Bonding: two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, serigraphs, prints
  • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolour, etc.
  • computer generated art
  • Photography

All submissions must be submitted online by April 28, 2022. See instructions here. Do not post your submission.


Educators and students wanting more information can visit Congressman Huffman’s website or the official House of Representatives contest webpage.

The Congressional Art Contest began in 1982 to provide members of Congress with an opportunity to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the national competition.