Clarke announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has announced the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which allows young Brooklyn artists to share their inspiration with the entire community.

Clarke, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, said some of the most talented artists in history were from Brooklyn.

She said prolific neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat went to Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood; and muralist Marion Greenwood, a major contributor to the social realist tradition, was born in Brooklyn as well.

“I fully expect that the next generation of young women and men in Brooklyn will continue that proud tradition,” Clarke said. “Through the Congressional Art Competition, high school students have an opportunity to showcase their brilliant work here in our community and – for the first-place entrant – in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., for a full year.

“I encourage all aspiring artists, who are interested in creating a work that reflects our community, to enter the competition, as well as anyone interested in the arts to join me at the Brooklyn Museum for the showcase,” she added.

The competition, open to students who attend a high school within the 9th Congressional District of New York, allows for the submission of work until Friday, May 5.

Clarke will also host a 2017 Congressional Art Competition Award Presentation Show (location to be announced) in May.

For additional information, contact Reginald Belon, District Representative, at 718-287-1142 or