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Cramer Welcomes North Dakota Winner of Congressional Art Competition

Jun 26, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer welcomed the North Dakota winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, Mandy Marboe, as she arrived in Washington, D.C. for the unveiling of her painting in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Marboe, a senior at Dickinson High School, submitted her entry to the North Dakota Juried Student Art Show at the Taube Museum of Art in Minot, where it was chosen by professional artists to represent the state of North Dakota. The pastel chalk painting titled “Determination” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.

To help defray the cost of the trip to Washington, Marboe was presented with over $1,200 in surprise donations from the community on her last day of school. A group of teachers from Dickinson High School, and members of her congregation at the Evangelical Bible Church in Dickinson collected the funds.

“This competition allows talented young people like Mandy to see their artwork not only recognized as exceptional on a national level, but also put on display for members of Congress and visitors to see in our nation’s Capitol. I was touched when I learned her teachers and church family teamed up to support her, which I think is a testimony to her character and the effect she has had on her community,” said Cramer.

Any student in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to participate in next year’s competition. Exceptions will be made for students in 7th and 8th grades on the same campus as a high school. Homeschooled and private school students are welcomed. Those interested may find more information on Congressman Cramer’s website,, or by calling his Bismarck office at 701-224-0355.