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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition, The Artistic Discovery Contest (Congressional Art Competition), is sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. This is a unique opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across America, including Michigan's 8th District.

Open to all high school students residing in Ingham, Livingston and northern Oakland Counties, the winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and receive two round-trip airline tickets to attend a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. this June. The exhibit in the U.S. Capitol Building will include all the winning artwork from participating districts around the country and can also be viewed on the U.S. House of Representative's Congressional Art Competition webpage.

To participate, students must drop off their (1) art piece and student release form, below, at the Brighton district office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017.


Dimensions for the artwork should be no larger than 26in. X 26in. X 4in. including the frame (note: please plan ahead for this; artwork does not need to be framed in order to participate but the winning entry will need to be framed after it is selected, before it is sent to Washington, D.C.). Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Please see below for the full checklist, rules, and the student release form required for entry:


The 8th District’s 2017 Congressional Art Competition winner will be announced at a local reception in early May. The official date and location will be emailed to all participants after the drop-off deadline. Open to all participants, their teachers, and family members, attendees will have the opportunity to view all entries on display and meet Congressman Mike Bishop. Local media will also be invited.

View Congressman Bishop’s official resources to see last year’s winning piece and honorable mentions.