South Dakota Governor’s Student Art Competition

Coordinated by the South Dakota Arts Council

Submissions for the 2023 Governor’s Student Art Competition are open!

Governor Noem opens call to student artists

PIERRE – In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 11-17, 2022, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Arts Council announce the opening of the Governor’s Student Art Competition.

View the full press release online at

Program Details

Students whose work is selected for the 2023 exhibition will be notified by Nov, 28 2022. Official announcement of the competition results will be made in early January 2023.

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the South Dakota Governor’s Student Art Competition! We’re excited to launch the annual competition for student artists across our state! Please be sure to review all guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting student artwork. 

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please email or call the South Dakota Arts Council offices at 605.773.3301.

Submission Deadline

Monday, November 14, 2022.

Submission Requirements

This year, we will be accepting submissions through an online platform. Once you have gathered the information and artwork photo, please submit student artwork online at

  • To help prepare each student submission, you may want to use this form to help you gather the necessary information. The form will not be sent in, but the information from it will be submitted through the online platform. Student Submission Form:
  • 1 high-resolution (at least 300 ppi) image of the artwork being submitted for the competition
  • Students whose artwork is selected for the exhibition must submit the Artwork Release Form, (online at completed by a parent or legal guardian, unless the student is over 18


All K-12 students in South Dakota are encouraged to participate in the Governor’s Student Art Competition. We ask that an art teacher, classroom teacher or home-school teacher submit the artwork on behalf of students and respond to any additional requests for information we may have about the submission.

Competition Details

The competition will be juried, and three student artworks in each division will be selected for exhibition in the South Dakota State Capitol in 2023. We ask students to consider selling their artwork to the state at the end of the exhibition. However, if a student does not want to submit their artwork for purchase, it will be returned to them at the end of the year-long exhibition. Competition divisions are determined by grade:

  • Kindergarten-2nd grades
  • 3rd-5th grades
  • 6th-8th grades
  • 9th-12th grades

Submission Instructions

Students will need to prepare the following information in order to submit their artwork:

  • In order to complete the Online Submission Form, you’ll need to know your Legislative district. If you don’t know, you can look it up here.
  • You will need to measure your artwork and fill in the dimensions in the online form. Artwork must be NO LARGER THAN 36x48 inches.
  • We’ll also need to know the artwork medium (this is what you used to create your art) and the purchase price if you would like to offer your work for sale to the State of South Dakota. If your work is Not For Sale, please indicate this in the form.
  • Write an Artist Statement. Your Artist Statement should be about 3-5 sentences long and help us understand why you make the art you do. If you need help developing your Artist Statement, please review our guide. (online at
  • Write a description of your artwork. Your description should include an explanation of the imagery and the title of the piece if it has one. If the orientation of the artwork is not immediately clear, please make sure to include information about that, so we don’t accidentally hang it upside down! Include more details if you’d like.
  • Take a GREAT photo of your artwork! This contest is judged based on the photos of the artwork submitted, so please make sure you have the best photograph possible before you send it to us. The best thing to do is scan the artwork if possible. But if working with a camera, make sure there is nothing in the background and that the piece is centered in the photo frame rather than at an angle. Placing the artwork on a plain black or white background is the best option. And, please be sure your image is uploaded in high resolution! We need images to be at least 300 pixels per inch.
  • If your work is among the top three in your division, it will be part of the Governor’s Student Art Exhibition. In that case, you will need to have the Release Form completed by your grownups if you are younger than 18. Students who are 18 or older do not need guardian signature.

Competition Rules

Submissions must be submitted by midnight on Friday, November 11, 2022. Submit student artwork online at

Artwork must be able to be matted and framed in a manner that will not protrude more than 4 inches from a wall; 3-dimensional artwork is accepted if it can be framed in this manner. Each artwork can be no larger than 36 inches by 48 inches, and 4 inches deep. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that
  • charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate 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. For more information on copyright laws, we recommend you visit the Scholastic website:
Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or

If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must be shipped to Pierre and arrive by Dec. 5, 2022. Artwork will hang in the South Dakota State Capitol for the duration of the exhibition. Students should only submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

Students whose work is selected for the exhibition will need to return the Authorization and Release Form – completed by legal guardian, by Dec. 2, 2022. Forms are available at or by request from

Entries that don’t follow all of the above rules may not be accepted.

Submit student artwork online at

1. CREATE an artist profile.
An applicant first must create an artist profile using a username and email address on 

2. UPLOAD your art submission images as a .JPG to the provided online portfolio. In the title of the filename, please include the student's description of image, please include the name of the student and the title of the artwork. Submit up to 20 images per category per username. For uploading more images, please create additional profiles with new usernames for each grouping of up to 20 images. 

JohnDoe Teacher, School Name
username: johndoe1
Category: Kindergarten - 2
2 images 

JohnDoe Teacher, School Name
username: johndoe2
Category: Grades 3 - 5
20 images (student art submissions)
studentFirstname_LastName.jpg will be able to accept the following file types ONLY:
- .JPG
- 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side.
- Under 5 MB.
- sRGB

You may simply click this link and click APPLY:
You may also log in to and click FIND CALLS at top left in the menu.
Type in the words South Dakota.
You’ll see the Governor’s Student Art Competition.
Click APPLY.

Please contact the SDAC if you have questions or need assistance.