Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to 2020
Congressional Art Competition Winners!

The overall winner will travel to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the national student art exhibit in the U.S. Capitol and attend a reception in their honor. 

County winners will have their artwork displayed in one of Congressman Walden's district offices in Bend, Medford, and Hood River, and will attend receptions in recognition of their talent in the district. 

Overall Winner for Oregon's Second District
“Self Portrait” by Philip Smith, Klamath Falls

Regional Winners
Abel by Idaly Ferral, McLoughlin High School


Oregon Coast by Philip Smith, Homeschooled



A Burning Victory by Emmalynn Erard, Summit High School



About the competition: 

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 2nd District. Students may submit their artwork up until the May, 20 2020 deadline. A panel of judges made up of local artists and art experts will then determine a winner and runners-up. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

Competition rules: 

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Questions? Call Representative Walden's office at 541-776-4646 or email Wyndess James at