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Ai Phoenix Hosts Annual Congressional Art Competitions

By: Ashley LaRae Sampson

May 24, 2017

The Art Institute of Phoenix hosted two Congressional Art Competitions at their campus, showcasing hundreds of artwork pieces from local high school students. Ai Phoenix hosted a Congressional Art Competition for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema on April 29th and for Congressman David Schweikert for the third consecutive year on May 6th, awarding 3 students from each district scholarships to The Art Institute of Phoenix, ranging from $1,500-$10,000.

The First Place winners will have their artwork hung in the U.S. Capitol, while the Second Place winners will have their artwork showcased inside the Congressperson’s offices in Washington, DC, and Third Place winners’ artwork will remain in the Congressperson’s local offices in Phoenix, Arizona. 

According to the United States House of Representatives website, “Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in 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 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.” 

By: Ashley LaRae Sampson

May 24, 2017