Congressman Issa Announces 2022 Congressional Art Competition

By Debbie L. Sklar

Got art?

Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) is accepting submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition, a contest for high school students in the 50th Congressional District to showcase their artistic creations to be displayed in the Capitol Building.

“I’m always amazed by the scope of imagination and range of artistic expression by young artists in our community. This is their opportunity to present their best and allow us to ensure that it is presented in the People’s House,” Issa said.

The winning selection will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from students from across the nation. The second-place winning piece will be displayed in the Office of Congressman Issa for the same timeframe.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, up to 4 inches in-depth, and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must be framed by the entrant. Types of an artwork include:

  • 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.

In addition to having their art hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, the first-place winner will also receive an invitation to attend a reception with other winners in Washington, D.C. during the summer months.

To participate, please submit a high-resolution photo of your artwork (jpeg or png format) and the 2022 Student Release Form to Christopher Mika at by Noon, Friday, April 29, 2022

For additional details on the competition, please visit With any questions, please contact staff member Chris Mika at 760-304-7575. 

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