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Upton Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Local High School Students Work to be Displayed in U.S. Capitol

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Kalamazoo, March 2, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202 225 3761/269-385-0039) | comments

KALAMAZOO, MI. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today invited high school student artist’s living in Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District to take part in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition (CAC.) The winner will have his or her piece hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year along with the winners of the award from Congressional districts across the country. The winner, and a guest, will also be invited to attend a reception in Washington, D.C., along with two free tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend the June reception.

“The arts are a vital part of our vibrant and diverse community and I look forward to seeing what our young artists come up with,” said Upton, whose district includes most of Allegan County and all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren Counties. “Being able to encourage young artists to create and innovate is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Plus, the winning submission will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for thousands of folks to see up close, so it’s a great opportunity.”

Entry forms for the CAC can be found on Upton’s website here, or at his Kalamazoo District Office located at 157 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 180, in Kalamazoo.

Grady Hively of Kalamazoo captured the 2015 CAC Award with his chalk pastel drawing of Kalamazoo’s iconic Henderson Castle.

The CAC competition in the Sixth Congressional District is being held in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts High School Area Show, an annual juried art exhibition with slightly different requirements. Ginger Owen, professor of art at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art, is juror for the competition. Information about the area show, awards, and prizes can be found here.

Entries must arrive at the KIA between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 9-11 the reception and awards presentation are to be held 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on March 24.

Art teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to contact Lynn Turner, at 269-385-0039 or via email at Lynn.Turner@mail.house.gov for more information. 

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