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2016 Congressional Art Competition

**2015 First Place District Winner, Sydney Spurgeon, with Congressman McNerney.**

Enter the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for California's 9th District:

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a national high school arts competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is a unique opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of youth and teens in our district, as well as across the nation. ​This competition is open to all students in California’s 9th Congressional District. This includes the cities of Lodi, Stockton, Lathrop, Brentwood, Galt, Oakley, and parts of Antioch.

The deadline to submit artwork to our district offices is Friday, April 8, 2016.

Submit your work along with your release form at either of Congressman McNerney’s district offices. 

Please see our addresses below:

Antioch Office                                              Stockton Office
Office of Congressman Jerry McNerney         Office of Congressman Jerry McNerney
4703 Lone Tree Way                                    2222 Grand Canal Blvd, Suite 7
Antioch, CA 94531                                       Stockton, CA 95207

Click here to download the Student Release Form.

Click here to download the Rules.

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, contact the Stockton District Office at (209) 476-8552 or Antioch District Office at (925) 754-0716.


The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 9th District. The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol tunnel which is seen daily by Members, staffers, and visitors alike. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.

Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28” x 28” x 4” (including the frame, if you frame the work). The art work may be:

Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor

Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers


Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints

Mixed Media

Computer Generated Art


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

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as a way to provide a special opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since its inception, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with this nationwide competition.