Congressional Art Competition winners named

Artwork by Emily Hughes from T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre.

Washington, D.C. – Original art from two South Dakota students will be displayed in Washington D.C.

Emily Hughes, from Pierre, and Ashley Geraets from Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, won first and second place, respectively, in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Rep. Dusty Johnson announced the winners today.

Hughes won for her acrylic on vinyl painting, “Koi,” which depicts a swimming koi fish painted on a vinyl record. Hughes is a junior at T.F. Riggs High School. Her art teacher is Jill Kokesh. The artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel, which runs from the U.S. House of Representatives to the U.S. Capitol, along with the winning artwork from other congressional districts for the next year.

Geraets is a senior at Roosevelt High School and is taught by Lisa Dresch. Her’ artwork, “Ushinawareta Umi (Lost Ocean),” will be displayed in Rep. Johnson’s Washington, D.C. office for the next year.

The Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by Rep. Johnson’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 artwork can be viewed on the South Dakota Arts Council's website.