Steil Encourages High School Students to Participate in 2021 Artistic Discovery Contest

March 12, 2021
Press Release

JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN—Today, Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01) announced that the 2021 Artistic Discovery Contest is now open to high school students in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. The winner of the 2021 Artistic Discovery Contest will have their art displayed in the halls of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Submissions are due April 19, 2021.

“The Artistic Discovery Contest provides local students an opportunity to showcase their talents on the national stage. Each year, I continue to be impressed by our young artists’ creativity, skill, and passion for art. I encourage all high schoolers across Southeast Wisconsin to apply. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your submissions,” said Steil.

Students interested in submitting artwork can do so by taking a photo of their work and emailing the photo, an email from their art teacher supporting the submission, and the official Artistic Discovery Contest form to by April 19, 2021.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the First Congressional District. 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.

Last year’s winner was Geneva Hebron of Franksville. Her artwork is currently displayed in the United States Capitol.

The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

Artwork entered in the contest may be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, 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

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please call our Janesville Constituent Services Center at (608) 752-4050.