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March 2018

Casting Call for Atypical

Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students. The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide. Final deadline for submission is Monday, May 1st, 2017. Click here for the required Student Release form and the official contest Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 32 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The art work may be:

Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
Mixed Media
Computer Generated Art

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please call my District office at (760) 424 – 8888.


“For the 2nd year, We Are Lions ( is hosting the 2018 Autism Society Film Festival Poster Art Contest for the chance to design this year’s official festival poster. Submit hi-res photos of your original artwork that illustrates this year’s theme, “From Spectrum to Screen.” Submit your work today for an opportunity to win two free passes to the festival (April 28-29) or a $50 cash prize!

Submissions can be submitted by anyone from anywhere until March 23rd at

*** is promoting a student writing contest – Understanding Autism. Entries must received by March 15, 2018. Winners receive a the book Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin.


The Art of Autism People of Diversity, Speaking Project. This project is the Art of Autism ongoing photo and interview database. Email to participate.


Deadline June 6, 2018
Yo Soy…Je Suis…I Am… Motivated to Create

VSA has opportunities for children from pre-K to Grade 12 (or equivalent) to participate in this art exhibit. Link here.


Deadline July 1, 2018
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Home Sweet Home
– A Juried Exhibit for California Disabled Artists. Application Form here.


Keri Bowers is curating the Art of Autism’s 2018 Poems and Art for Peace. See 2017 Poems and Art for Peace here. We will be posting poems and art with a peace-based them in August and September 2018. Email


Thanks to all our fans who have created Facebook birthday donations, The Art of Autism is now paying neurodivergent bloggers (those with autism and other developmental disabilities as well as those with a mental illness diagnosis) for their blogs. See details here.


The Art of Autism is curating an art exhibit at Sophie’s Gallery in San Diego for Autism Awareness Month – Please email Debra Muzikar with art submissions by March 15, 2018. Art must be delivered by March 30. No more than four submissions per artist will be considered. We are also curating an exhibit for Mainly Mozart June 8 in San Diego. Email

Do you have an opportunity to share – email theartofautism @