CONTACT: Rebecca Cruse, 605-773-3301

Governor Noem opens call to student artists

PIERRE – In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 13-19, 2020, 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 can participate in this program. Selected student work from four age divisions will be exhibited in the state Capitol Building in Pierre from January through November 2021. These student artists will also be honored during an event in March.

The submission deadline is Nov. 19, 2020. 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 exciting new opportunity 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.