Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) recently hosted a reception at Nickel Plate Arts where she congratulated the Fifth District winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, Elizabeth Clark, a junior from Noblesville High School. Clark’s drawing, Aleah, was selected by a team of local professional judges. Aleah will be displayed in the tunnel connecting all of the House Office Buildings to the United States Capitol, where thousands of visitors pass through every day, for the next year along with the winning entries from each congressional district around the country. This year, 33 students from 12 high schools, the most to participate to date, submitted their art to the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.
“I am thrilled to announce Elizabeth Clark, a junior from Noblesville High School, as the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for her striking piece, Aleah,” said Brooks. “Judges particularly noted Clark’s unique skill to capture the strong expression of Aleah’s face, drawing in any viewer for a closer look, as well as her ability to create the illusion of a three-dimensional figure on a flat surface. This nation-wide high school art competition is such a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of supporting the arts and to recognize the artistic talent of Fifth District students. Thank you to the Nickle Plate Arts for hosting the reception honoring the students who participated in this year’s competition and I look forward to sharing the drawing, Aleah, with my colleagues in Congress and all Hoosiers who come to visit the U.S. Capitol.”
In addition, Brooks announced that the following pieces placed in the Congressional Art Competition and will hang in her district offices in Carmel and Anderson:
2nd Place: Tent by Michael Gerritzen, Brebeuf Jesuit senior, teacher Joe Winhusen
3rd Place: Levels of Indianapolis by Nina Griger, Hamilton Southeastern High School junior, teacher Angela Fritz
Honorable Mention: The Girl with the Scarf by Jackson Manwell, Madison-Grant High School sophomore, teacher Cherie Solms
Honorable Mention: Mother and Daughter by Tam Le, Liberty Christian School junior, teacher Beth Ann Webb
Honorable Mention: The Wild Midwest by Kana Clavijo, Hamilton Southeastern junior, teacher Daniel Moosbrugger
Honorable Mention: Perception by Victoria Enstrom, Eastern High School junior, teacher Andrea Chambers
Honorable Mention: Stairwell to Progress by Peter Fulton, Colonial Christian School senior, teacher Stephanie Reasen
Honorable Mention: Lion of Botswana by Abigail Reasen, Colonial Christian School sophomore, teacher Stephanie Reasen
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.