Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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The Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the United States House of Representatives sponsors a nation-wide high school art challenge and it allows us to highlight local talent in New Jersey’s First Congressional District.

The contest is open to all high school students and our South Jersey winner will have their artwork
displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year and
be invited to a reception in Washington, DC.  

This year's deadline for submissions is Friday, June 11, 2021

Sections Below:

Past Winners

  • In 2020, winner Katherine Li of Cherry Hill submitted a painting titled, "The Family’s Honor.”
  • In 2019, winner Chelsea Yang of Cherry Hill submitted a painting titled, "A Meaningful Visit."
  • In 2018, winner Joyce Fang of Voorhees submitted a painting titled, “Neighborhood.”
  • In 2017, winner Hannah Jin of Cherry Hill Township submitted a painting titled, “The Tale of the Yellow Ribbon.” 
  • In 2016, winner Angelina Le of Voorhees submitted a painting titled, “The Price of Freedom.”


About the Art

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional.
  • Sturdy frames (wood or metal) are required.
  • Two sturdy eye hooks must be attached at the top right and left sides of the back of the frame for hanging to prevent the work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly.
  • Each framed piece of artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.
  • If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed.
    • Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.
    • No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
    • 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
  • Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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.
    • For more information on copyright laws, please visit the Scholastic website.

Submission Information

  • The deadline for submission is Friday, June 11, 2021 by close of business. 
  • All art work should be dropped off to our District Office with the Student Release Form.
    • Attn. Art Competition Coordinator, Ginamarie Espinoza
      10 Melrose Avenue
      Suite 210
      Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
      • Artwork may be dropped off Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 AM to 5 PM.
    If you have any questions, please call 856-427-7000 and ask for Ginamarie Espinoza.

Student Release Form

Please fill out the student release form below - or download a fillable form at this link - and send it to our office, along with your submission.

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Student Information
School Information
Entry Information

Print This Form

You can print and sign this form after you click the Generate Application for Review button below.

All pieces of artwork and forms should be dropped off to our Congressional District Office at: 10 Melrose Avenue, Suite 210, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003