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My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol
My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

The finalists will be selected by a panel of design experts from the area. Each finalist will be honored at an event during which Huizenga will announce the winning entry. The second and third place entries will grace the walls of Huizenga’s district offices in Grand Haven and Grandville. The top piece will be displayed in an exhibit in Washington, D.C.  The winning artists will also be invited to fly to the U.S. Capitol for a national reception honoring all the winning artists from across the country.

2015 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines:

  • The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.
  • Artwork must be two-dimensional.
  • Each framed piece should be no larger than 28 inches long, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, and 15 pounds in weight. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it will be required to be framed and must adhere to the size guidelines.


Artwork accepted mediums 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.)
  • Collage: 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

For more information contact Carly in Huizenga’s Grandville Office at (616) 570-0917.