Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem announces the Congressional Art Competition
The competition puts the artwork of South Dakota students in the nation’s Capitol. The South Dakota Arts Council is now accepting entries on behalf of Rep. Noem.
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2018 Rules for Students and Teachers (pdf)
2018 Student Release Form (pdf)

2018 Art Submission Checklist

When preparing for the Congressional Art Competition, please complete the following checklist. This will ensure that the Congressional Art Competition staff will accept the artwork. Please consult the official rules and regulations for more information.

Requirements for All Students, Parents/Guardians, and Teachers:

  • The artwork is no larger than 26” x 26” x 4” when framed. (Note: Submissions should not be framed. The South Dakota Arts Council will have artwork framed prior to sending to Washington, DC. Students should allow at least 1-inch around each side for framing)
  • The artwork meets suitability and originality rules.
  • The “Student Information and Release Form” is attached to the SAME email as the image of the artwork. Email to
  • The release form has signatures from the student, parent/guardian (if necessary), and an art teacher.

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2018 Congressional Art Competition Winners
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1st Place Winner, Ashley Geraets, Sioux Falls

Image of wildlife on grey backround.

Colored pencil on tone paper, "Fall of Shinrinyoku."

2nd Place Winner, Shawn Shepherd, Mission

Portrait (shoulders and face) of a young woman facing right. Face is turned over right shoulder looking at viewer. Brown hair braided down her neck and tied back. Forehead, cheecks, and nose covered with redish freckles. Blue eye look to the viewer at far left.

Ink dot on paper, "December 26."

2017 Congressional Art Competition Winners

1st Place Winner, Ashley Geraets, Sioux Falls
“Aqua Vitae (Water is Life)”

2nd Place Winner, Olivia Heinecke, Sisseton

2016 Congressional Art Competition winners:

William Drzycimski of Sioux Falls won first place for the painting depicting
Queen Rock in Palisades State Park

Ashley Geraets of Sioux Falls won second place for the colored pencil piece

Please use the links below for information on the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.
Please read the press release for more information on this program
Congressional Art Press Release (pdf)