Art Competition

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

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes welcomes participation by high school students who attend schools in or live in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, as part of an exhibit with winners from around the country. Second place artwork will be displayed in the Congresswoman’s D.C. office and third place will be displayed for one year at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art 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 must 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). A frame is not required for submission.

All submissions will be displayed at the Mattatuck Museum from April 24, 2021 through May 16, 2021. Visitors will be welcome to visit the exhibition, following established protocols, by scheduling your visit online at Families with students who have art displayed in the exhibition can receive free admission on May 1, 2021 and May 2, 2021 using the discount code: 2021CAC.


The deadline for submitting work to be considered for the 2021 Competition is Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Attached below are the 2021 Rules for Students and Teachers, the Student Information Form. The Student Information Form will need to be completed by each student and sent along with the art piece. Submissions will be accepted from March 15, 2021 to April 21, 2021 and can be mailed or dropped off at:

The Mattatuck Museum

Attn: Rachel Panasci Lima

144 West Main Street

Waterbury, CT 06702


Please see drop off and pick up instructions attached. It is preferred that all student submissions are dropped off by a single representative from your school district to maximize efficiency and record keeping.

Mattatuck Museum Drop Off Instructions

Student Release Form

2021 Rules and Regulations 


If school staff or students have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to reach out to:

Office of Congresswoman Hayes: Kim Wachtelhausen at 860-223-8412


Mattatuck Museum: Rachel Panasci Lima at 203-753-0381 x114