Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Students submit entries to their local representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
This year, Jade (grade 10), Sophie (grade 10) and Eleri (grade 9) submitted their artwork in this competition. The final exhibition showcased the works of thirty four students from eight local schools representing the Wisconsin’s Second Congressional District.
The Grand Prize winner of this year’s competition is Sophie. Sophie will attend a special ceremony held for the winners of this competition in Washington, D.C. in June.