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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 is sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest (Congressional Art Competition) is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation, including our district.

Open to all high school students, 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. on June 23, 2016. 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's Congressional Art Competition page.

To participate, all artwork and necessary entry forms must be dropped off at the Brighton district office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016.


Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds including frame (please note: framing is not required for 8th District participants until the winning entry is selected at the end of April). The following artwork will be accepted:

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

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).

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The 8th District’s Congressional Art Competition Reception will take place at the Brighton Chamber of Commerce on April 25, when the winning artwork will be announced. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet the local judges and view all of the 2016 entries on display.

Brighton Chamber of Commerce
218 E Grand River Ave.
Brighton, MI 48116

Monday, April 25, 2016
5:30-7:00 p.m.


  • John Sauvé, local artist (Brighton, MI) – John is known for his large-scale public sculptures located in numerous public and private collections. In addition to making large scale sculpture, John is a strong supporter of art education in the communities that he exhibits his artwork. He served as Executive Assistant to E. Ray Scott, the founding Director of the Michigan Council for Arts, with responsibility for the Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places. John prompted the creation of the Brighton Mayor’s Commission on Art in Public Places in Brighton, Mich., and served as its chairperson. Under his guidance, the Commission developed the Brighton Biennial Sculpture Exhibit, which installed 28 pieces of large-scale public art in the City of Brighton.
  • Ellie Ingram, Director of Art Education at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (Rochester, MI) - Ellie joined the PCCA staff in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and Design. Ellie has extensive experience in art education and art workshop development, both as teacher and administrator. Ellie has worked for several non-profit art centers creating educational programming for all ages in places such as North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Ghana and India. Ellie believes that art should be accessible to all people and is dedicated to fostering artistic growth in the PCCA community.

This event is open to participants who submitted artwork for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition and their families only.

If you would like more information on the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, please call our Brighton district office at 810-227-8600. To generate your student information form in print, please fill out the following information:

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