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Upton Announces 2021 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, invites high school students living in Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District to participate in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition (CAC). The winner will have their artwork hang in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year along with the winners of the award from districts across the United States.

The 2020 winner was Audrey Blough with her art called, “St. Joe Lighthouse Drenched in Beauty,” which can be seen here.

“Last year, the Congressional Art Competition once again highlighted all of the creative and talented students here in southwest Michigan. Audrey’s winning piece was a remarkable photo of an iconic lighthouse here in our district, and we are so proud of her,” Upton said. “Southwest Michigan is full of talented artists, so we are excited to see the submissions this year and crown a 2021 Congressional Art Competition winner.”

Upton’s office is once again partnering with the Kalamazoo Institute of Art for the competition. Entries will be accepted through March 15th. The CAC in the Sixth District is being held in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts High School Area Show, an annual juried art exhibition. Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show will be held virtually this year. Information about the area show, awards, and prizes can be found here.

Entry forms for the CAC can be found on Upton’s website here.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the CAC is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability.

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