Art & App Competitions

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 13th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 24 inches by 24 inches (including the frame), may be up to 4 inches in depth, and may weigh no more than 15 pounds. The art work may be

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

The Congressional Art 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.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition - including this year's deadlines -
please submit the following form:

Art Competition Entry Form

Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App challenge began in 2014 to foster greater interest in STEM fields. Since 2014 the app challenge has steadily grown to more than 150 participating congressional offices.

The Congressional App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. It allows high school students from participating Congressional districts to compete in a nationwide event that exhibits their software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.

The winning team will be invited to a reception in Washington D.C where they can demo their app. The cost of winners’ travel to D.C. will not be covered.

·         The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is open to all students, grades 9-12, who are eligible to attend high school in participating congressional districts.

·         The student(s) must register on http://www.challenge.gov

·         All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

·         Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four students, as long as two of the team members reside in or are eligible to attend public high school in California’s 13th Congressional District.  

·         No prior computer science coursework is necessary.

·         All eligible high school students are encouraged to participate, regardless of past experience!