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CONTACT: Rebecca Cruse, 605-773-3301




Governor Noem opens call to student artists


PIERRE, S.D. – In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 13-19, 2021, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Arts Council are excited to announce the launch of the Governor’s Student Art Competition.

The Arts Council is now accepting submissions on behalf of Gov. Noem. All South Dakota students in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate in this program. Selected student work from four age divisions will be exhibited in the state Capitol Building in Pierre from January through September 2022. The divisions are organized as Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

The submission deadline is Nov. 12, 2021. All artwork is to be submitted electronically as a high-resolution jpeg image, along with the Artwork Submission Form and the Authorization Release Form. Competition guidelines, instructions, and all necessary forms are accessible at Reasonable accommodations will be made for any student who encounters barriers to this submission process. Please reach out to or call 605-773-3301 for assistance.

We encourage teachers and parents to help students work on their submissions early, so they have plenty of time to prepare their artwork and artist statements.

This Governor’s Student Art Competition is a collaboration between Gov. Noem and the South Dakota Arts Council, a state agency organized under the South Dakota Department of Tourism.




Photo caption: "Goat Tying," an oil painting by Sarah Poncelow, of Wesington Springs, was selected for exhibition in the the first annual Governor's Student Art Exhibition, 9-12 division. This year's exhibition remains on display in the first floor Capitol Rotunda through the end of September.