Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sponsors the Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition, as part of a nation-wide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Hawaiʻi's 2nd Congressional District. The winning artwork is displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, along with winning artwork from all participating districts around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on the House of Representatives Congressional Art Competition webpage.
The deadline to submit an entry to the 2020 Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition is Friday, April 3, 2020 at 6:00pm.
Friday, April 3, 2020 (by 6:00pm) — Digital Art Submission Deadline
  • Digital files of 2D artwork must be submitted via this 2020 Art Competition Submission Form.
  • Please be sure to carefully enter all information!
  • Digital Image Files Specifications:
    • The image format should be .JPG and captured by a high resolution camera
    • The image dimensions should be at least 1500 pixels by 2100 pixels
    • The image quality should be 300 dpi
    • The image file size should be at least 1 MB but no greater than 10 MB
    • The image title should follow this format, “CON_Grade_School_Student Last Name_First Name_Media_Title.jpg”
Saturday, April 18, 2020 — Judging / Selection of Semi-finalists
  • Teachers will be notified of the selections shortly thereafter.
If you are selected, then make note of these dates.
BY Tuesday, April 27, 2020 — request a prepaid UPS shipping label
OR BY Friday, May 1, 2020 (by 4:00pm) — drop of artwork at U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s District Office 
  • Artwork must be matted, but NOT framed.
  • For a prepaid shipping label, please email The email must include:
    • ​Name of School
    • Ship From / Return Address
    • Teacher Contact Information (Name, Phone, Email)
    • Weight of Shipment (in lbs)
    • Dimensions of Shipment (Length x Width x Height, in Inches)
    • Number of Pieces in Shipment
  • If you would like to drop off the artwork, please do so at the Congresswoman’s office.
    • Prince Kuhio Federal Bldg, 300 Ala Moana Blvd, Room 5-104, Honolulu, HI 96850
    • Between the Hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm
    • Please note that a Government-issued ID is required for building access
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 through Friday, May 15, 2020 — Art Exhibit and Selection of Winners
Saturday, May 16, 2020 — Awards Ceremony
  • Finalists' artwork must have a completed and signed Student Release Form attached to the back.
Please note that only one entry per student is accepted and no more than 20 entries per school are accepted.
All entries must meet the following criteria:
  • be two-dimensional
  • be no larger than 26 inches high,  26 inches wide, and 4 inches thick when matted/framed
  • weigh no more than 15 pounds (when matted/framed)
  • be in the original medium — that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing
  • 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.
Acceptable Mediums for the two-dimensional (2D) artwork:
  • Paintings – oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings – colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Prints - lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Collages (must be two dimensional).
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs
For questions on the Kaha Ki’i Congressional Art Competition, please contact Blake at or call (808) 541-1986.

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