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PIERRE – Gov. Kristi Noem announced 12 students who are being recognized for their artistic talents through the new Governor’s Student Art Competition. An exhibition of the artwork will be displayed in the South Dakota Capitol Building beginning Jan 12.

“We launched this student art competition with the intention of honoring and encouraging the work of outstanding young artists in South Dakota,” said Gov. Noem. “Arts education is an important part of a well-rounded school curriculum, and we have hundreds of talented young artists in our midst. We received more than 200 submissions in the first year of this program, and we’re thrilled to open the exhibition on the first day of Legislative Session.”

The Governor’s Student Art Exhibition will include work from the following students:

K-2 division

School Grade Hometown
Tinley Hoffman Brandon Elementary 1 Valley Springs
Charlize Vogelsong Brandon Elementary 2 Brandon
Yohance Flores Fred Assam Elementary 1 Brandon
3-5 division
Gabriella Eichmann Canistota Elementary 5 Canistota
Soraya Karim St. Elizabeth Seton School 4 Rapid City
Kili Cole Batesland Elementary 5 Summerset
6-8 division
Bria Shay Neff Homeschool 8 Sioux Falls
Ella Herron Stagebarn Middle School 6 Piedmont
Sienna Roberts Tea Area Middle School 6 Tea
9-12 division
Hannah Hofer Homeschool 11 Colton
Alex Weber Roosevelt High School 12 Sioux Falls
Sarah Poncelow Wessington Springs HS 10 Wessington Springs



























A panel of 10 professional artists served as judges for the competition. The top-three ranked pieces in each age division will make up the exhibition. View the exhibition brochure at https://artscouncil.sd.gov/events/student_art_Main.aspx.

The Governor’s Student Art Exhibition will be open for viewing in the first-floor rotunda of the Capitol through September 2021. The Capitol is open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. weekends and holidays.

This exciting new program for student artists is a collaboration between Gov. Noem and the South Dakota Arts Council, a state agency organized under the South Dakota Department of Tourism.