May 12, 2020

Rep. Lawson Extends Deadline for the Congressional Art Competition

Winning Artwork to be Featured in U.S. Capitol for One Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has extended the deadline for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition due to COVID-19. A digital copy of the artwork and application materials are now due May 22. 

“During these difficult times, it is more important than ever to find creative outlets and joy through the arts,” Rep. Lawson said. “I've had the pleasure of viewing such creative work over the last few years, and can’t wait to see what this year’s entries have to offer.”

The competition is open to students in grades 7-12 from Rep. Lawson’s district. The winner will receive two tickets to fly to Washington, D.C., to attend a congressional reception and see the unveiling of his/her art in the U.S. Capitol. The artwork will remain on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Rickards High School student Malachi Richard created last year’s winning art piece, “Me and My Mask.”

To enter, students must e-mail a high-resolution photograph of the submission and the completed Student Information and Release Form to

For a full set of rules and the application form, visit Individuals may also contact Rep. Lawson’s district office at 850-558-9450.

Guidelines for Submissions:

Artwork may be up to 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by four inches thick, must be two dimensional, be original in concept, design, and execution, must not weigh more than 15 pounds, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Accepted artwork includes:

  • Paintings (including oil, acrylics and watercolor)
  • Drawings (including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers)
  • Collage (must be two dimensional)
  • Prints (including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints)
  • Mixed media
  • Computer generated art
  • Photography