Since 2013


Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Art Competition

San Diego High School students are invited to enter the Congressional Art Competition for a chance to have their artwork hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, is open to all high school students in the 52nd Congressional District. The Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

As a former board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and a leader in the Murals of La Jolla effort, I am excited about our seventh year of providing this amazing opportunity. It is a chance to celebrate and showcase the artistic talent and creativity of students in San Diego, Coronado, and Poway, and also encourage students to explore their creativity in a way that will foster a lifelong love of the arts.

I asked local leaders in San Diego's arts community to serve on the judging panel to select this year’s winner - who will be invited to spend a day with me in Washington, D.C. This trip will celebrate the unveiling of the student artwork exhibition where his or her piece will be hung in our nation's Capitol for one year.

If you have any questions about the competition or submission guidelines please contact my San Diego office at 858-455-5550 or email

2022 Art Competition

This year’s art competition deadline is Friday, April 15, 2022, at 4:00 PM PST.

Please drop off your art (one piece per student) at our office at 4350 Executive Dr., Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92121. You can drop off your art anytime from Monday – Friday from 9AM – 4PM. We have free parking behind our building.

A reception time and date will be relayed to students shortly after the deadline.

Artwork must not exceed 26" x 26" x 4" if and when framed.

Please view the helpful documents below that outline 2022 Art Submission requirements and guidelines:

Student Release Form

Rules for Students and Teachers

A Guide to Copyright and Plagiarism


2021 Winner

View all the 2021 submissions here 

Child looking into aquarium tank, waving at diver.

Sarah Dong
Reaching Out