Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Art Competition

Fifth District Art Competition

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; and
  • 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 iconA Guide To Copyright and Plagiarism .pdf

PDF icon2020 Rules for Students and Teachers.doc.pdf

PDF icon2020_Student_Release_Form_Fillable.pdf

All entries must be accompanied by a Student Information and Release Form.


IMPORTANT UPDATE for 2020 Congressional Art Competition:

In light of the school closures, the public limitations, and the continued extension of the state’s stay-at-home orders, we have decided to cancel the May gallery exhibit and student reception for this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  

The Art Competition itself will continue The due date for submissions is extended to THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020.  We hope this will allow students the time they need to finish or access projects that may have been delayed due to school closures. 

Additionally, we are requesting digital submissions of your artwork in order to continue the social-distancing policy and prevent unnecessary trips outside your homes. 

Please send a high-quality photo of your artwork to my email address:   AUTUMN.MEEKER@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV
Release forms should be included and emailed as a separate .pdf attachment.

PLEASE NOTE:  Any digital submission must still adhere to the size requirements outlined in the 2020 Rules.  The winning selection is still required to be framed and within the size guidelines.

Many students may not be able to have their teacher sign the student release form.  If you are unable to do so, you may attach an email from the art teacher certifying the artworks’ originality.  Please note that the teacher’s email address should be visible.

Entries for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition must be submitted no later than Thursday, May 21. 

Our winner will be selected no later than June 4.  We will share details about announcing that at a later time.  The Congressional Art Competition Reception held for all winners in the nation is now scheduled to take place on July 22, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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



Thank you to all the students who submitted entries for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, and especially to our winners.

1st Place: Elizabeth Clark, "Aleah" (Noblesville High School, junior)
2nd Place: Michael Gerritzen, "Tent" (Brebeuf Jesuit, senior)
3rd Place: Nina Griger, "Levels" (Hamilton Southeastern High School, junior)

Honorable Mention: 

  • Jackson Manwell, "The Girl with the Scarf" (Madison-Grant High School, sophmore)
  • Tam Le, "Mother and Daughter" (Liberty Christian School, junior)
  • Kana Clavijo, "The Wild Midwest" (Hamilton Southeastern High School, junior)
  • Victoria Enstrom, "Perception" (Eastern High School, junior)
  • Peter Fulton, "Stairwell to Progress" (Colonial Christian School, senior)
  • Abigail Reasen, "Lion of Botswana" (Colonial Christian School, sophmore)