GENESEE COUNTY — Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) announced on April 7 that the 2017 Congressional Art Competition has begun, encouraging all high school students (grades 9-12) who live in the Fifth Congressional District to submit artwork for the competition.
“I am happy to announce this year’s Congressional Art Competition in Michigan’s Fifth District. The competition provides an opportunity for students across the country to showcase their artistic expression and bring their talent to the nation’s capital,” Congressman Kildee said. “Our community is diverse and creative, and it’s important to provide opportunities for young people to express themselves. We are fortunate to have great art institutions and museums in our district, and I’m excited to have a piece of Michigan artwork in Washington, D.C.”
The first-place winner 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 arts 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. An online gallery of last year’s artwork can be found at www.house.gov/content/educate/ art_ competition/
Last year’s Fifth District winner was Pinconning Area High School senior Dedrianna Goretcki. Her winning piece was a mixed media portrait entitled “Best Friend’s Eye.” A high resolution photo of all 2016 winning entries from Michigan can be viewed online at www.house.gov/ content/educate/art_ competition/state/MI
For the 2017 contest, artwork entries 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 posted online at dankildee.house.gov/wp-content/ uploads/2017/04/2017-Rules-for-Students and-Teachers-.pdf Entries must be submitted no later than Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time. Art can be dropped off at Congressman Kildee’s district office at 111 S. Saginaw St., #3B, in Flint. Students can also call Congressman Kildee’s office at (810) 238-8627 to schedule a time for entries to be delivered to staff during mobile office hours in Bay, Saginaw, Arenac or Iosco Counties.
For more information, please visit dankildee.house.gov/ services/art-competition or call Congressman Kildee’s office at (810) 238-8627.