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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina


Art Competition

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 12th 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.

My office is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition from high school students who live or attend school in North Carolina's 12th Congressional District.

How to Participate:

1. Check to see if you live or attend school in North Carolina's 12th Congressional District.

2. Make sure that your artwork complies with the 2017 Rules and Regulations.

3. Complete the 2017 Student Release Form.

4. Participants must physically deliver artwork and forms to the Charlotte District Office (801 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28202) Before Monday, May 1st at 5pm. Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.


Artwork must be two-dimensional.  Each framed artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. 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 winner will receive:

  • Year-long exhibition of their artwork in the U.S. Capitol
  • Complimentary airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the reception and installation of the winning entries from congressinal districts throughout the country.
  • A chance to win a scholarship

The first and second runners-up will have their artwork displayed in my Washington, D.C. office and the two Honorable Mentions will be displayed in my district offices for one year.


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

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