Painting With Purpose


Out of 700 entries, a Sioux Falls girl was one of only a few winners for a national art contest. Now, the young girl’s work is on display in Sioux Falls. 

Bria Neff is only 9-years-old, but she’s already accomplished more than most adults. Thursday she showed off her own artwork at Exposure Gallery in Sioux Falls. 

“I want to be a famous artist,” said Bria.

And she’s well on her way! Bria is one of only 18 winners for the International Fund for Animal Welfare art contest. 

 Each year the organization asks young people to submit their best artwork, to promote animal conservation. Bria’s painting of a lion landed her the coveted prize. 

“I saw these endangered animals and I wanted to help, so I started painting all these endangered species,” said Bria.

“When you learn at a young age about animals and about conservation, you grow up to really love them and appreciate them,” said Mark Hofberg, IFAW Representative. 

IFAW Representative Mark Hofberg came out to Bria’s art show to present her with the Animal Hero pin.

Not only is Bria putting her artwork out for display in Sioux Falls, but all of the proceeds from selling them actually go to IFAW. 

“It’s wonderful because this is the mission of the program, is to really empower kids,” said Hofberg. 

And Bria is proud to spread her message with the world. 

“I want people to know that these animals are in trouble and we need to help,” said Bria.

 Bria has a website,, to showcase and sell her art.

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