2016 – Second Annual Winner
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Breanna (Bree) “Waabinesiik” Green is a member of the Red Lake Nation of Anishinaabe. She is also a descendent of the Ho-Chunk, Lakota, Potawatomi, Oneida, and Stockbridge Munsee Nations. Attending Anishinabe Academy for her primary education, Bree is currently a Senior at South High All Nations magnet program, which offers Native students culturally responsive academia. She launched her professional career as a visual artist at the age of 15, having her work displayed throughout Minneapolis as well as a participant in the esteemed Oscar Howe Art Institute with the University of South Dakota. Bree plans on attending Dunwoody College of Technology in the Fall of 2017 to Graphic Design. She is currently a student of the Ojibwe language, as well as a star traditional Lacrosse player with the Mni Sota Warrior Lacrosse team from the Twin Cities. Bree attends ceremonies, loves to paint, draw, spend time with her family and learn new things about her culture and history.
2015 – Inaugural Winner
Katelyn Foster was born and raised in the grand state of Alaska. She grew up preferring the outdoors, spending weekends out camping and playing with friends. Now, she spends the bulk of her time as a shut-in artist, trying to find her way through life with pictures and words. A few of her hobbies include writing, drawing, video gaming, and excessive fan-girling.
Come this fall, she’ll begin attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. There, she will enter a field where watching cartoons counts as studying: animation. Katelyn has always been an artist at heart, but she realized her calling as a soon-to-be-animator when she discovered that Pixar had a room dedicated to cereal and let its employees ride around on scooters. She finds herself most inspired by virtually anything that takes shape as a story or piece of art.
Katelyn hopes to one day become a successful leader in the arts and encourage others to pursue their passions. She would like to thank her friends, family, teachers, and the Dream Warriors Management for helping her along. With their support, she will go much further in life than she’s ever imagined.