Congressman Dan Kildee Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

April 7, 2017

Winner will have their Artwork on display on U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington, DC for one year

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) announced today 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 student’s 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, a 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 and in the Fifth Congressional District. An online gallery of last year’s artwork can be found here. Last year’s winner was Pinconning Area High School senior Dedrianna Goretcki. The winning piece was a mixed media portrait entitled “Best Friends Eye.” A high resolution photo of Goretcki’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. More information can be viewed here.

All art submissions must follow the art competition guidelines and be submitted no later than Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET. 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 or call Congressman Kildee’s office at (810) 238-8627.