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.