Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Art Competition

I'm excited to annnounce the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Submissions are due on April 28, 2017, before 5:00 p.m. to either the Carmel or Anderson offices in Indiana. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who live or attend school in the 5th District. 

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent nationwide, as well as in our congressional district. The Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional.
  • If selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., framed.
  • Be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are: paintings (oli, acrylics, watercolor, etc.); drawings (colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal, etc.); collages; prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints); mixed media (use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.); computer-generated art; photographs. It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed. Work entered must be in the original medium; that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing. Framing rules apply only to the winning artwork. The artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the duration of the exhibition. Students should only submit artwork they will not need for other purposes. Please take time to review all rules for students and teachers:

PDF icon2017 Rules for Students and Teachers .pdf

All entries must be accompanied by a Student Information and Release Form. Please review and complete this form:

PDF icon2017 Student Release Form.pdf

If you have any questions regarding the Art Competition, please contact Autumn Meeker in our Anderson office at (765) 640-5115 or by email at

Congratulations Melany Reyes of Pike High School!

The 2016 Congressional Art Competition winner is Melany Reyes, a junior at Pike High School. 'Bright Faces of Indiana,' a photograph taken by Melany, was chosen as the over-all winner from the Fifth District by a panel of judges who praised Melany’s use of light as well as the hopeful and contemplative nature of the work. ‘Bright Faces of Indiana’ will be displayed in the United States Capitol for the next year, along with artwork from other contest winners from around the country.