WASHINGTON — Congressman Dan Kildee announced on March 21 that the 2018 Congressional Art Competition has begun, encouraging all high school students (grades 9-12) who live in the Fifth Congressional District, which includes Flint Township, to submit artwork for the competition.
“I am happy to announce this year’s Congressional Art Competition in Michigan’s Fifth District. The competition is a great way for mid-Michigan students to showcase their artistic talents and represent our community in our nation’s capital,” Congressman Kildee said. “This annual art competition helps to encourage creative ideas and allows local high school students to express themselves through art. I look forward to welcoming the winner of the Congressional Art Competition to Washington, D.C. this year as they get to see their artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol.”
The first-place winner of this year’s competition will be invited to attend a ribbon cutting and winners reception in Washington in June. The student artwork will be on display for one year in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol along with the winners from other congressional districts across the country.
Each spring, the nationwide high school art competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Art Caucus. The contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation and in the Fifth Congressional District. An online gallery of last year’s artwork can be found here. Last year’s winner was Arthur Hill High School senior, Graciana Fulgencio. The winning piece was a pencil drawing entitled “Lefty Struggles.” A high-resolution photo of Fulgencio’s artwork can be viewed here.
The artwork must be two-dimensional and can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep, including the frame. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Along with the artwork, each entrant must securely attach a Student Information and Release Form to the back of the artwork.
All art submissions must follow the art competition guidelines and be submitted no later than Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m. ET. Art can be dropped off at Congressman Kildee’s district office at 111 East Court St., #3B in Flint or arrange alternative delivery options with Congressman Kildee’s staff.
For more information, please visit dankildee.house.gov/services/ art-competition or call Congressman Kildee’s office at 810-238-8627.