50 South Dakota Artists to Watch


50 Artists to Watch is a special project we’re embarking on in celebration of our 50th anniversary at the South Dakota Arts Council. This series of short artist features is intended to share the work of South Dakota artists on a wide platform. It is not intended as a list of top or best artists. It is not presented in any particular order. Featured artists are being selected from nominations sent to us. You can nominate an artist by emailing sdac@state.sd.us. We can’t include them all, but we’ll keep all nominations on a list for future features and blogs.





Maddie Lukomski

In May, Maddie Lukomski took D.C. by storm at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals, where she represented South Dakota as our state champion. The high school poet and spoken word artist took first place in the nation in the spoken word category of the Poetry Ourselves competition during the national finals for her poem, “My Sleeves.” So, going into her senior year of high school, she’s already held in high esteem with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Maddie says she’s been writing poetry for about five years and that she thinks she’s getting better at honing her work for presentation. Learn more about Maddie Lukomski by visiting our Blog.




NEA - National Endowment for the Arts