Launched in 1982, each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district.
Opened to all high school students and under the theme of "An Artistic Discovery" an opening reception for the 2010 competition winners will be held on Thursday, 17 June for a year long exhibition at the Cannon Tunnel of the US Capitol.
On Monday, 24 May 2010 an opening reception was held in Crystal City at the Vornado Building at 2011 Crystal Drive in Arlington Va featuring the artwork of 68 students from Virginia's 8th District. With a total of 150 submissions from Congressman Jim Moran's district, the remaining works were on display at the Arlington Art Center at 3550 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington VA through Saturday, 5 June 2010.