Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in order to recognize and encourage the artistic talent found in South Dakota and throughout the nation.

This competition is open to all high school students in South Dakota. The first-place artwork from South Dakota will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a full year, while the second-place winning entry will be displayed in Rep. Noem's Washington, DC, office.  

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Submitting a 2017 Entry

Any high school student in South Dakota is welcome to enter. Artwork must be completely original—in concept, design, and execution.  Artwork must also be entered in the original medium; no scanned reproductions are allowed.  To submit an entry, send a completed student release form and a high-quality photo of the art to the South Dakota Arts Council’s Rebecca Cruse at Rebecca.cruse@state.sd.us by May 1. Winners will be notified on May 5. 

Click here for a full list of rules and guidelines.  More information can also be found by visiting the Congressional Art Competition website or by calling Rep. Noem’s Washington, DC, office at 202-225-2801.

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