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PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) recently purchased 14 new pieces for the state’s public art collection through the Art for State Buildings program.

The artworks were selected by a five-member advisory committee to the SDAC, which reviewed 65 purchase proposals and based its decisions on set review criteria including: quality of the work; the artwork’s relevance to South Dakota environment, history, heritage, or culture; professional experience of the artist; permanence and safety, as required for public artworks.

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Washington, D.C. – Today,U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced Charlee Kolb, from Sioux Falls, as the winner of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition for South Dakota. Kolb’s drawing, “I’ve Been Here Before” is a self-portrait with overlapping poses and expressions. Kolb is finishing her junior year at Jefferson High School. Her art teacher is Brittany Carmany. The artwork will be on exhibit in the U.S. Capitol along with the winning artwork from other congressional districts for the next year.

Second-place was awarded to Rachel Ziegeldorf, a sophomore at Mitchell High School. Her art teacher is Marica Shannon. Ziegeldorf’s colored pencil piece, “Blotsma,” will be displayed in Rep. Johnson’s Washington, D.C. office for the next year.

“Once again, we had an outstanding pool of student submissions showing the incredible talent of our young artists in South Dakota,” said Rep. Johnson. “I’m excited to have these pieces of art displayed here in Congress. Congratulations to Charlee and Rachel!”

The Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by Rep. Johnson’s office in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, providing members of Congress with an opportunity to recognize talent in their home districts.

The South Dakota Arts Council, an office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, is a state agency serving South Dakotans and their communities through the arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota.

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PIERRE, S.D. – Next week, Grace Powell, a student at Dakota Valley High School in North Sioux City, SD, will take the national stage at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

Powell won first place at South Dakota’s Poetry Out Loud state contest, which earned her the opportunity to compete among 54 high school students from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the national title.

On Tuesday, May 9, the state champions will compete throughout the day in three semifinal rounds organized by region. Powell will compete in semifinal 3, at 5 pm EDT. The top nine finalists (three from each semi-final round) will advance to the final round on Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. EDT.

These events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Both days of competition will also be available through a live, one-time-only webcast at More information about the program is available at

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Every three to five years the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) takes time to cast a new vision and establish new goals for the development of a comprehensive state arts plan. In 2016 and 2017 SDAC, in conjunction with statewide nonprofit arts service and advocacy organization Arts South Dakota, conducted strategic planning activities, all of which are detailed below. SDAC is pleased to share its latest strategic plan, guiding its operations to serve the statewide arts community through 2021:

Click here for the complete Strategic Plan

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