Huron Plainsman | Wessington Spring artist named winner in pupil competitors

Huron Plainsman | Wessington Spring artist named winner in student competition

WASHINGTON, DC – South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson announced the three winners of South Dakota undergraduate artist winners for the 2021 Congressional Arts Contest on Friday.

Elora Gould, an aspiring Faith High School student, is the inaugural winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Contest for South Dakota. Her pencil and charcoal artwork “To Have Slept in a Hollow” will be on display in the Cannon Tunnel of the US Capitol, along with award-winning artwork from other congressional districts for next year.

Second place went to Sarah Poncelow, a junior from Wessington Springs High School. Her drawing “Team Bond” will be exhibited in Johnson’s Washington office next year.

Hannah Hofer from Colton also received an honorable mention. Her artwork “Nigrum Panthera” will be exhibited in Johnson’s office in Sioux Falls next year. Hofer is homeschooled and entering her senior year.

“I am consistently impressed with the talent of young artists across South Dakota,” said Johnson. “I want to thank all of the students who submitted artwork for the competition, as well as the art teachers and parents who helped them. There were so many impressive submissions this year that we had to choose three instead of two winners. Congratulations to Elora, Sarah and Hannah, who represented South Dakota with their wonderful works of art. “

The Congressional arts competition is sponsored by Johnson’s office in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and was an opportunity for congressional members to identify artistic 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.