May 16 2017
Representative Kristi Noem today announced Ashley Geraets as the 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner for her colored pencil drawing, “Aqua Vitae (Water is Life).” Geraets, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex, along with winning artwork from other congressional districts, for the next year.
Second place was awarded to Olivia Heinecke, a junior at Sisseton High School, for her painting, “Freckles.” Her artwork will hang in Noem’s congressional office in Washington.
“Ashley and Olivia have brought art to life in an incredible display of South Dakota talent with each of these pieces,” said Noem. “To the teachers, families, and friends who have supported these young women, I want to say thank you for encouraging them and taking the time to encourage their pursuit of the arts. I am so proud to have these pieces represent South Dakota’s talent in the U.S. Capitol.”
2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner
Ashley Geraets – Sioux Falls
2017 Congressional Art Competition Runner Up
Olivia Heinecke – Sisseton
The Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by Noem’s office in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, providing members of Congress with an opportunity to recognize talent in their home districts.
The South Dakota Arts Council, an office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, is a state agency serving South Dakotans and their communities through the arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of the Office of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.