Each year I invite all high school students from all around the Fourth District of New Jersey to compete in the annual
Fourth District Congressional Art Competition (CAC), part of a nation-wide art venue sponsored by the
Encouraged by art teachers and families or on their own, these ninth through twelfth graders must submit their original art
in the hopes of being chosen for an honor that includes having their work displayed in the United States Capitol
Complex alongside other winning entries from across the nation for approximately one year.
The 2023 NJ04 show was held at the Hackensack Meridian Ocean University Medical Center in Brick, NJ. The latest
information, including deadlines, on the 2024 show were posted below on Feb. 20, 2024. The 2024 venue will be at the
BarnabasRWJ Community Medical Center in Toms River. Final rules from the Congressional
Institute and Rep. Smith's accompanying supplemental rules are posted below.
About the Show:
2024 Contest Rules and Forms
Please read both documents on competition rules:
Congressional Institute's 2024 Rules of Entry
NJ-04 2024 District Rules of Entry.
Other important documents:
2024 Congressional Institute student release form*
Listing form by high school for teachers**
Congressional Institute's Helpful Checklist for Submissions
Guide to plagiarism
*Please submit the Student Release form with an attached jpeg high-resolution (for an online gallery) file of the artwork which includes in the
jpeg file name, the student’s name, school and title of the piece by March 19, 2024.
**Teachers, please submit the above Teacher's Student Participation form to my office by March 19, listing
each student that intends to participate in the competition. Students can be later added or removed prior to judging.
This year, the competition and exhibition is set to be held between Thursday, March 26 through the first week of May. The judges,
each accomplished artists in their own right, review all submissions each year, and a Best-in-Show as well as runners-up designated as First,
Second, Third and Honorable Mentions will be named. All of the works will be on display at Ocean University Medical Center through May
during normal hospital visiting hours. Visitors are subject to the New Jersey General State Visitation Guidelines for Hospitals.
The winners will be announced and congressional certificates presented by the hospital and Rep. Smith's Office at a ceremony and reception in May.
Click here to learn about the judges.
The 2023 Competition:
Press release announcing the 2023 winners
Photos of all the winning art work
Virtual Gallery of all entries
New this year: I invited the art teachers of the high school students who entered the competition to exhibit their work
along with my judges:
Art Teachers Virtual Gallery
Judges Virtual Art Gallery
|2023 top place "Best-in-Show" winner is Wall High School 11th- grader Cassidy Savage's entry "Queen Clover," done in oil on Masonite. Her art teacher is Jill Alexander.
Best in Show (pictured): “Queen Clover” in oil on Masonite by Cassidy Savage
First Place Runner-up: “Service and Joy” in colored pencil by Marisa
from Wall High School;
Amitie' from Wall High School;
Second Place Runner-up: “Hiding in Plain Sight” in pen and ink by Sara
Nugent from Wall High School;
Third Place Runner-up: “Sage Advice” in colored pencil by Katie Cortese
from Wall High School;
Honorable Mention: “Fossil Feeling” in Conte crayon by Caiden Gilmartin
from Freehold Township High School;
Honorable Mention: “Height of Attention” in oil paint by Emma Kuster from
Manasquan High School;
Honorable Mention: “Brooklyn Brownstones” in chalk pastels by Lily
Ducharme from Manasquan High School; and
Honorable Mention: “Breakfast” in oil by Scarlett Scillia from Point Pleasant
Borough High School.
Best in Show: