This year's esteemed panel of judges was comprised of artists and art experts from the community:
- Chuck Drumm, Assistant Chair of the Department of Art at Sam Houston.
- Brett Hall, President of the Conroe Art League.
- Alex Bunch, Artist, Chief Creative Officer at The Woodlands Financial Group and Board-member of The Woodlands Art Council.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.