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Ellison, Grengs and Berger
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Kill the Snake

Senior, Casey Grengs participated in the 2018 Congressional Art Award Competition, with her entry, Kill The Snake.

Teacher Cynthia Berger, says although Grengs' piece did not win, she experienced the honor of discussing her entry with Congressman, Keith Ellison.

Ellison hosted the juried show by local high school students from Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District.

The competition aims to recognize and encourage artistic talent among high school students throughout the country. 

Photo above, Grengs is flanked by Congressman Ellison and Berger

Photo to right, Greng's entry, Kill the Snake

Artist Statement: Kill The Snake is a piece I created to provoke a call for action to help against the injustices Indigenous people of America are facing. This piece specifically focuses on the Dakota. In 2016, the construction started for the Dakota Access Pipeline. This pipeline was built with the purpose of transporting oil 1,172 miles between North Dakota and Illinois. The pipeline’s route directly disturbs sacred Dakota land and is likely to pollute the water that is near Dakota reservations. I highly believe that the government officials and partnered companies in support of this pipeline (Energy Transfer Partners; Sunoco Logistics Partners; Phillips 66; Enbridge; Marathon Petroleum) are making a grave mistake. - Casey Grengs