Congressman Panetta Announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition

April 5, 2019
Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for high school students throughout California’s 20th Congressional District.  The U.S. House of Representatives sponsors this competition each spring to recognize and honor talented young artists from each congressional district across the country.

The winning entry will be proudly displayed in the corridors of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year.  The winner and a family member will also be invited to attend a special ceremony with other young artists from around the country in Washington, D.C. at the end of June.  The second and third place winning entries will be displayed in Congressman Panetta’s district offices.

"As a strong advocate for the arts, I look forward to this competition every year.  This is an opportunity for students from across the Central Coast to showcase their artistic skill and creativity.  The winner of the Congressional Art Competition will have their artwork on display in the United States Capitol for an entire year for elected officials, dignitaries, and tourists from around the world to see," said Congressman Panetta.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in California’s 20th Congressional District.  Each school can submit up to three pieces of original student artwork. Exceptions will be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.  The winner will be determined using criteria based on originality, skill of execution, excellence in use of materials, and conceptual strength of the project.

Artwork entered in the contest must be original in execution, may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, 4 inches in depth, and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.  The artwork may be:

• 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

All submissions are due by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  For full competition guidelines, please visit, or contact Bertha Munoz, Congressional Aide, at 831-424-2229 or