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CRAMER: Hazen Artist Jonah Zimmerman Honored at U.S. Capitol

Jun 23, 2016
Press Release


Jonah Zimmerman discusses his artwork: 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer congratulated Hazen artist Jonah Zimmerman today for his winning entry in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.  He was  honored at a reception at the Capitol recognizing all state winners of the competition.  Zimmerman is a recent graduate of Hazen High School and will attend North Dakota State University in the fall.

Zimmerman’s acrylic and pen painting, “Mighty Universe,” depicts a red and orange hawk, a yellow and green bison and a blue antelope on a starry black background.  This painting and all artwork chosen from each Congressional district will be on display for a year in the well-traveled walkway adjoining the House Office Buildings and the U.S. Capitol.

“Jonah’s painting captures the love of nature that is shared by all North Dakotans,” said Cramer. “Throughout this next year, thousands of people, including Members of Congress, staff and visitors from around the world, will pass by and admire this beautiful artwork.”

The works of five other North Dakota student artists were selected to hang in Cramer’s state offices. The students are:  Katie Mayer, Bishop Ryan School, Minot; Samantha Skym, Minot Central Campus, Minot;  Savanah Brintnell,  Bishop Ryan School, Minot, and Attison Mastel,  Discovery Middle School, Fargo.

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.  Zimmerman’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.