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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Art Competition

2018 Congressional Art Competition

My office is now accepting entries for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.  This nationwide contest is open to all high school students in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. The winning student’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. 

Students, teachers, and parents are encourages to download and review Rep. Trott’s Congressional Art Competition Guidelines booklet, which contains important dates, guidelines,

Download the 2018 Congressional Art Contest Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Download the 2018 Student Release Form (PDF)

Download the 2018 Art Submission Checklist (PDF)

The deadline to enter artwork is:  Friday, April 13, 2018

How to Enter Artwork:

Any student who wishes to enter artwork in the 2018 Congressional Art Contest should deliver or mail their artwork to Rep. Trott’s Troy Office. 

Please deliver or mail artwork to:

Rep. Dave Trott’s Office
625 East Big Beaver Road, Suite 204
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: 248-528-0711

If you are delivering artwork in person, the office is open between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday – Friday.

All submitted artwork must abide by the contest guidelines and entries must be submitted with the following:

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s address
  • Phone number
  • School name
  • Art teacher’s name

If students are mailing their artwork, it is highly recommended that student’s purchase mailing insurance on any packages they send.  Rep. Trott’s office is not responsible for any artwork that is lost or damaged when being mailed.

Following the conclusion of the contest, each student’s artwork will be mailed back to the student at the address provided in the submission. 

Contest Guidelines:

The 2018 Congressional Art 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 artwork can be no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork 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.)
  • Collages: 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

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.

Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned to the students earlier. Students should, therefore, submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

More Information

About the Art Competition