Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating Members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the pilot competition in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

The annual Art Competition is open to all high school students currently LIVING in the First District. The winning submission will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and viewed by visitors and dignitaries from all over the world.

Each student must complete the Student Release Form to submit with his or her entry.

All entries for the Congressional Art Competition must be submitted to my Marquette or Traverse City offices or to staff during scheduled Mobile Office Hours by 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2017.

RULES: All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional
  • Be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 4 inches thick (with frame); note: we are happy to provide framing services
  • Weigh no more than 15 pounds, including frame
  • Be original in concept, design, and comply with U.S. copyright laws
  • The Student Information and Release Form must be attached to the back of the artwork

All questions and inquiries should be directed to my Traverse City office at (231) 944 7633.

2017 Memo to Art Educators
2017 Art Competition Rules for Students and Teachers
2017 Art Competition Check List
2017 Art Competition Student Release Form




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