Youth Art Contest Winner Announced

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association is pleased to announce Dion Daniels as the winner of the 2020 Youth Art Contest. Dion is from the Forest County Potawatomi Nation and attends Crandon High School where he is in the 9th grade.

“Dion’s self-portrait encompasses all the elements of this year’s conference theme and really showcases his raw artistic ability,” said WIEA 2020 conference planning committee chairwoman Brittany LaMere. “We were very impressed with this piece – it spoke to us on so many levels.”

The contest’s second place winner is Cayley Chapman of the Menominee Indian Nation. Cayley is in the 8th grade and attends Shawano Community Middle School.

Dion and Cayley will receive $100 and $50 respectively for their first and second place submissions.

In all, there were six submissions for this year’s youth art contest.

Inspired by the quality of all the submissions, the 2020 conference planning committee awarded $25 to each of the remaining artists for their efforts.

“It was extremely difficult processes in choosing the winning entries,” said LaMere. “We are grateful to all of the students who took the time and creative energy to be a part of this year’s contest,” added LaMere.

This year’s winning submission will be used as the 2020 WIEA conference logo. Likewise, Dion will be honored at the WIEA Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 18.

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association congratulates Dion and Cayley on their winning submissions and thanks both for their commitment to Indian education. The Association also extends its gratitude to the other youth artists for their time and participation and encourages all to nurture and cultivate their artistic creativity.

The 2020 WIEA Conference titled “Indigenous STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math” will be held April 16-18 at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, WI.

Above: 2020 Youth Art Contest winning submission.

Above: Second place winner Cayley Chapman, Menominee Indian Nation, 8th grade Shawano Community Middle School.