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Art Competition

*Submissions due in Monroe by March 30*

As the representative of Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, I am excited to announce our participation in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. I am pleased to invite you to participate in this year’s competition.

The winning piece of art from our district will be proudly displayed in an 11-month exhibit in the U.S. Capitol Building.

This year’s theme is “Patriotism in our 5th District of Louisiana.” Our district provides a beautiful backdrop full of life with fascinating people, splendid bayous, stunning cypresses, beautiful rivers and quaint downtowns.

Once all entries are received we will host a reception and display the pieces. Judges will evaluate the art and announce the winner during the reception.

The winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition will receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C., lunch with the Congressman and Mrs. Abraham, a reception honoring the winner and special tours of the most prominent buildings of our nation.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability. The Congressional Art Competition provides an opportunity to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of the young people of Louisiana’s 5th District.

Anyone interested in participating in the art competition must inform our office by Friday, Feb. 16 by emailing us at

I look forward to viewing this year’s entries and will take pride in showing off the talent of our winner in the upcoming year! It is an honor to serve the 5th District of Louisiana, and I hope you will consider participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

Submissions are due by Friday, March 30. in the Northeast Louisiana District Office in Monroe at 426 DeSiard Street, Monroe, La., 71201. Please fill out the following form, print and sign it. This form must be mailed along with the artwork.

Here is the contact information for each office:
Northeast Louisiana District Office
Lilia Boies

Central Louisiana District Office
Donna Howe

Washington, D.C. Office
Emma Herrock

For further questions please email us at
The following is a summary of the Congressional Art Competition rules:

The competition is open to high school students only. Teachers and/or students should verify their eligibility with the Office of Congressman Abraham.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including frame), but no smaller than 18 inches by 18 inches. It may be up to 4 inches in depth, and weigh no more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C. framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography
  • Do not sign the front of the artwork

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

In accordance with the House Office Building Commission policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.

Each entrant must submit a Student Information and Release Form, which is available through the Office of Congressman Abraham.

The rules, checklist, and release form for the 2018 competition are scheduled to be posted in January on

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please contact us at

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please submit the following form.

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