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Congressional Art Competition

January 27, 2018

Free speech rights

On the Americans for the ARTSBLOG recently Nina Ozlu Tunnel, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund provided a post on Pulphus v. Ayers case. David Pulphus was a high school student from St. Louis whose painting had been selected to hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol as part of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

The painting was removed a year ago by the Architect of the Capitol after a small group of Congressmen objected to the art work. The painting depicts a civil rights demonstration. Americans for the Arts believes that arts education and creative expression is a central right of every young person and have joined 17 national, state, and local arts service organizations as amicus curiae in the Pulphus v. Ayers case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, urging reversal of the ruling.

READ the entire blog post to learn more. Maine has participated in the Congressional Art Competition. The Maine Arts Commission partners with the Maine College of Art and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to select the artwork. Gold and silver winners from the Maine Regional Scholastic Art Awards are automatically submitted to be juried in February for the Congressional Art Competition.

Maine’s current U.S. Capitol current Maine artworks.

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