Bishop Meets with 8th District’s 2017 Art Competition Winner in D.C.
WASHINGTON – Lake Orion High School graduate Mari Finstrom was named the 8th District’s 2017 Congressional Art Competition winner with her photo titled “Freckles.” The winning piece and five honorable mentions were selected by Brighton, Mich., artist John Suave and Congressman Bishop in early May.
Mari and her father were flown out to Washington, D.C. by Southwest Airlines to attend a national ceremony recognizing all the winners on Thursday, followed by a tour of the winning pieces presented in the U.S. Capitol Building. After the event, Mari and her father met with Congressman Bishop to talk about her work.
Mari’s winning piece, titled “Freckles.” It will be hung in the U.S. Capitol with all the winning pieces for one year.
“The piece Mari submitted is so detailed, it’s really amazing. We are proud to have her representing us on the wall of artwork from across the country,” said Rep. Bishop. “This year’s art competition was our largest yet – and it’s clear we have some extraordinary talent in our district. I applaud the dozens of students who participated and encourage all of our high school students to enter again next spring.”
A total of 34 pieces were entered in the 8th District’s 2017 Congressional Art Competition – more than double the number of 2016 entries. The competition is open to all high school students, grades nine to 12, who reside in the district. Entries for the 2018 competition will be accepted next spring. Information will be updated on Congressman Bishop’s website at that time.