Governor Kristi Noem Unveils Governor’s Student Art Competition

(KCCR) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem along with legislators and artists gathered at the Capitol to unveil the Inaugural Governor’s Student Art Competition. Noem says the arts are important to the state…

“Without artist, remember we wouldn’t have some of the most amazing things that we have here in South Dakota. We wouldn’t have Mount Rushmore or Crazy Horse. We wouldn’t have the Redlin Art Center or you know the Dignity statue. We also wouldn’t have the Faulkton murals that we’ve all seen on the elevators there and people wouldn’t have the opportunity to admire the beauty that is the Arc of Dreams.”
Senator Troy Heinert says the arts are important to the Native American communities of the state…

“The way our communities have survived is…is through our art; through our expression. You know, it wasn’t too long ago that we had to take that underground and really we’ve…we’ve been able to bring that out and let it flourish and…and teach other people about us in a contemporary fashion and…and I think that’s what the young people that that you’re talkin about. The filmmaking that’s going on in Pine Ridge is…it’s outstanding and it’s huge. I like to see that the contemporary look, but also maintaining that…that cultural identity of who we are.”
T-F Riggs High School Senior Emily Hughes says the program could open doors and opportunities for young student artists…

“Programs like the Governor’s Student Art Competition are not only beneficial for our education; they also lead to real life experiences that many students never get. Last year, my artwork was selected to represent South Dakota through the Congressional Art Competition and it has been on display in the U-S Capitol complex since last spring. That experience was something I’ll never forget and I know that the artist recognized here at our Capitol will have an amazing experience too.”

The South Dakota Arts Council will distribute information on the Governor’s Art Competition to schools across the state. Submissions will be accepted through the fall and additional information about the competition will be released in the coming months.