Students Get Chance to Send Art to Washington


PIERRE, SD – The competition that puts artwork of South Dakota students in the nation’s Capitol is coming up, and the South Dakota Arts Council, in cooperation with U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, is now accepting entries.

Each spring, a nationwide 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 the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district.

The contest is open to all South Dakota high school students. The first-place winning entry will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year. The winning artist will be invited to a reception highlighting their artwork in conjunction with the exhibit ribbon-cutting ceremony. The second-place winning entry will be displayed in Rep. Noem’s Washington, D.C., office. Cash awards are also given to the first- and second-place winners by South Dakotans for the Arts, a non-profit, non-partisan agency whose primary purpose is to advance the arts in South Dakota.

The Arts Council will only accept digital submissions on behalf of Rep. Noem. Students should send high-resolution JPEG images along with PDFs of the student application forms to Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, May 1. Winners will be notified May 3 and will be responsible for shipping their artwork and application forms to the SDAC office. The South Dakota Arts Council will have the artwork framed and will ship it to Washington, D.C. for the student.

If you have further questions, please contact Rebecca Cruse at 1-800-952-3625 or via e-mail at

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