Johnson announces Congressional Art Competition

PIERRE, S.D. (Press release) – U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson announced the 2020 Congressional Art Competition, which puts the artwork of South Dakota students in the nation’s Capitol building. The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting entries on behalf of Rep. Johnson’s office.

The contest is open to all South Dakota high school students. The first-place winning entry will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year. The winning artist will be invited to a reception highlighting their artwork in conjunction with the exhibit ribbon-cutting ceremony. A flight credit on Southwest airlines will also be offered for student travel, as well as a $3,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

“South Dakota is lucky to have so many promising young artists and they deserve the opportunity to show off their work,” said Rep. Johnson. “I want your artwork to hang in the U.S. Capitol, so make sure you get yours into the South Dakota Arts Council before the deadline.”

The second-place winning entry will be displayed in Rep. Johnson’s Washington, D.C., office for one year.

The Arts Council will accept only digital submissions on behalf of Rep. Johnson. Students should send one email including a high-resolution JPEG image, along with a completed, typed PDF of the student release form to Submissions must be received by Monday, April 20. Winners will be notified by Thursday, April 24, and will be responsible for shipping their artwork and student release forms to the SDAC offices. The South Dakota Arts Council will have the artwork framed and will ship it to Washington, D.C., for the student.

Please review the artwork specifications and guidelines before submitting and download the student release form at

The Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district. The South Dakota Arts Council partners with the congressman’s office to carry out this initiative.