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An Artistic Discovery: The Congressional Art Competition

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Paul Ryan and Rachel Gilpatrick of East Troy, WI, the 2018 1st District Congressional Art Competition winner.

Welcome to Wisconsin’s 1st District Artistic Discovery web page. I hope this information assists both high school students and art teachers in obtaining immediate information on contest guidelines and regulations, background information on the artistic discovery program, and the required student information entry form.  Interested high school students should contact their art teachers for more information.  Please note that high schools must submit their school’s two selected entries to my district offices by April 12, 2018.

This year celebrates the 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition—An Artistic Discovery. The nationwide art competition, which is voluntarily sponsored by Members of Congress, allows creative high school students to showcase their talents in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol Building. The first place winner in each competition have their winning entry displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year, and are eligible for scholarship opportunities from the Savannah College of Arts and Design. The winning artist is invited to fly to Washington, D.C. for a national reception honoring the winning artists from all over the country. The cost of attending the ceremony is the responsibility of the competition winner.

I believe that this competition is an excellent opportunity for young artists to not only be challenged locally, but to also be recognized for their talent, creativity and vision at the national level.

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Paul D. Ryan
Serving Wisconsin’s 1st District