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CRAMER: Grand Forks Student Honored for Artwork at U.S. Capitol

Jun 30, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer congratulated Micheala Dale, North Dakota’s winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. 


Dale, a Grand Forks native, recently graduated from Central High School. She will be attending art school in Halifax Nova Scotia at NSCAD University in the fall. Her winning piece, “Badlands” is an acrylic depiction of North Dakota’s vast terrains. This painting will hang in the halls of the U.S. Capitol over the next year where hundreds of thousands of visitors will pass and admire it daily.         


“As North Dakota’s representative in Congress, knowing that I have this painting here in the halls of Congress and that my colleagues and hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world will walk by and see it, I am very proud that that’s the depiction from my state. North Dakota is a beautiful place and North Dakota’s beauty is not always that easy to capture because it’s so immense and so vast, and you have done a beautiful job with this.”             

The works of four other North Dakota student artists were selected to hang in Cramer’s state offices. The students are: Savanah Brintnell, Bishop Ryan School; Ashley Combs, Red River High School; Rylen Anderson, Leeds Elementary School; and Billy Ciser, South Prairie School.        

About the Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Institute sponsors this nationwide high school visual art competition every spring to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Dale’s winning entry, along with those from all Congressional districts, can be viewed on the Congressional Institute website.

Any student in grades nine through 12 is eligible to participate in each year’s competition. Exceptions will be made for students in seventh and eighth grades on the same campus as a high school. Homeschooled and private school students are also encouraged to enter. Information on entering is available on Cramer’s website,, or by calling his Fargo office at 701-356-2216.