The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls hosted thousands of people over the weekend for the state Class AA basketball tournament. But it wasn’t the only contest happening in the building.
The second annual Visual Arts competition includes hundreds of artwork pieces on display in the main concourse area of the center. Fans attending the games took in artwork from 307 individual entries representing forty schools at this year’s competition.
Lisa Dresch is an art teacher at Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The school was the runner up Champion in Class AA, along with individual students winning four of the eleven categories.
Dresch says being creative and participating in art can build skills that last a lifetime.
"I don’t necessary think that art if you don’t go on after high school with art, but you experience art, you’ll still get the benefits because of the problem solving, creative thinking, just pride in workmanship," says Dresch. "And perseverance is my big word I try to instill with the kids. It’s something you’re going to need as a life skill, and art teaches that everyday."
Dresch says the visual arts competition is nice, because it allows for students to view artwork submissions from other students in South Dakota. If you want to see photos from the visual arts event and see full results of the competition, visit us online at sdpb.org.