Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner

May 18, 2017
Press Release
The 2017 winner is Arnold Kingbird, a Junior at Cass Lake Bena High School

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced that Arnold Kingbird, a Junior at Cass Lake Bena High School, is the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. Arnold’s artwork is titled “Modern Northwest Coast Designs.”

Arnold described his artwork: “I used a southwest coast design, along with using modern colors. I drew northwest coast shapes on the feet, tail, and near the tail. I colored the feet with Native American medicine wheel colors along with drawing canoes up the sides of the reptile. It’s a traditional made artwork used with modern colors with Native American artwork in it.”

“We are proud to share Arnold’s artwork with visitors from around the world,” Nolan said. “We received many outstanding entries from high school students in every part of the Eighth District. Thank you to every young artist who submitted their work for this contest.”

Each Congressional District’s winning artwork is displayed for one year in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, and the student artist receives a trip for themselves and a parent or guardian to come to Washington for the unveiling on June 29th.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. Each spring, as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nolan sponsors a district-wide high school arts competition to recognize and encourage the amazing and talented youth we have in Minnesota's 8th District.