Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Art Competition

Thank you to all of the students who entered the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. I'm already looking forward to next year's submissions and the incredible creativity, talent and unique perspectives of Hoosier students. 

Congratulations Melany Reyes of Pike High School!

This year's 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.

2016 Congressional Art Competition Winner

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.

Entry guidelines and an information/release form for the 2017 competition will be posted as soon as they are available. All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional
  • Be no larger than 28 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 4 inches thick
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 5th District. Check back here for more information about how to enter the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. 

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

2015 winning piece by Sonia Ruus from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, IN