Congressional Art Competition

Download the Congressional Art Competition Instructions for Students and Teachers at the bottom of this webpage

Congressman Steve Pearce invites high school students from across New Mexico’s Second Congressional District to apply for this years’ Congressional Art Competition.  Since this competition was created in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students from around the country have participated at the local level.  The winning entry from last year’s competition currently hangs in the tunnel of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. 

The winning piece of art from each district will be displayed on the grounds of the United States Capitol.  Congressman Pearce’s office will arrange to have the winning entry framed before it is shipped to the Capitol. Furthermore, the winner will receive two complimentary roundtrip tickets and two nights’ complimentary hotel accommodations to enable him/her to attend the unveiling ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Submissions will be displayed on Rep. Pearce’s Facebook Page.  To follow the progress of the competition, students, teachers, and community members are encouraged to “like” Rep. Pearce’s Facebook PageThe results of the competition will be announced exclusively on Facebook once a winner is selected.

Rules & Guidelines
The competition is open to High School Students from New Mexico’s Second Congressional District. 

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that
• charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
• Collages: must be two dimensional
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
• Computer-generated art
• Photographs

It is strongly recommended, but not required, that submissions be matted.

How to Apply
The application form, artwork, and signed release form below must all be submitted to one of Congressman Pearce’s district offices (addresses below) in Hobbs, Las Cruces, Socorro, or Roswell. 

Below are the 4 District Offices where you should submit your artwork:

Hobbs
200 East Broadway Hobbs, NM 88240

Las Cruces
570 N Telshor Blvd  Las Cruces, NM 88011

Roswell
1717 W 2nd Street, Suite 110 Roswell, NM 88201

Socorro
111 School of Mines Road  Socorro, NM 87801

Please contact Bernadette Granger, Deputy District Director-Eastern Region at 575-973-3183 with any questions.