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 sixth 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 full year. It was a wonderful experience to join last year’s winner, Robin Chu of US Arts Education Center, at the reception where her work was revealed, so I highly encourage students of all artistic talent to participate.

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

2018 Art Competition



Deadline: Wednesday, April 25th. Artwork must be received with completed forms by 4pm. 

Friendly Reminder about the Student Release Form:

  • Participating students must include their high school on the Student Release Form, even if they take an art class offsite. Feel free to list your additional art class, but you must include the high school you attend

  • Students must list their own individual email address, a parent/guardian’s email address, AND their art teacher’s email address. You may not use the same email address for all three points of contact.


2017 Winner

View all the 2017 submissions here 

Robin Chu
US Arts Education Center
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