Two students of the Visual Arts Department were chosen as winners in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District Art Contest, sponsored by the office of Congressman Michael Guest. Kandace Tate, a senior from Jackson, MS, received third place in the Mixed Media category. Theo Cooper, a senior from Jackson, MS, received first place in the Painting category. Theo also won BEST OF SHOW in the competition and his work will be displayed in Washington, D.C. for one year.

PHOTO: (L-R) Brandy Johnson – visual arts instructor, Kandace Tate – congressional winner, Theodore Cooper – congressional winner, Maurice Calvert – visual arts instructor

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the congressional district. The winning artwork of the district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on’s Congressional Art Competition page.

Mississippi School of the Arts is a public residential high school for 11th and 12th graders, located in Brookhaven, Mississippi. To learn more about the visual arts program at Mississippi School of the Arts and how you can audition as a high school sophomore, click here!