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Des Moines Arts Festival® Announces 2018 Award Winners

July 2, 2018

Des Moines, IA – July 2, 2018 – The 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival® is pleased to announce the 2018 award winners. Mixed media artist, Amanda Outcalt from Norfolk, VA was selected as this year's Best of Show. And Ryan Koning was selected as the Leysens Family Best of Emerging Artist award winner. Ryan is a third-year Studio Art and Education major at Luther College and resides in Urbandale, Iowa.

Full List of 2018 Award Winners

Best of Show

Amanda Outcalt, Mixed Media

Leysens Family Award for Best Emerging Iowa Artist

Ryan Koning, Painting

Awards of Excellence

Tana Acton, Jewelry

Beth Bojarski, Painting

Chris Dahlquist, Photography (Ghost Notes Series)

Lynda Ladwig, Ceramics

Marina Terauds, Printmaking

Juror Awards

Lisa Krannichfeld, Mixed Media

Cheryl Mackey Smith, Ceramics

Ernest Curry & Erin Curry, Mixed Media

Best Booth

Mick Whitcomb, Mixed Media

The jury for the Interrobang Film Festival also announces their 2018 award winners.

2018 Interrobang Film Festival Award Winners

Best of Show

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

Best Showmanship

The Old Stripper

Best Feature Documentary

American Futbol

Best Short Documentary

The Happiness Machine

Best Feature Narrative

Anori (Wind)

Best Short Narrative

The Manual

Best of Iowa

Saint's Rest

IFF Producer's Choice Award


About the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The eleven-time Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival presented by Nationwide will be held June 22-24, 2018. This free annual three-day arts and culture festival will surround the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. DMAF invites you to “…go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. The Des Moines Arts Festival is presented by Nationwide and sponsored by Bravo Greater Des Moines, Prairie Meadows, Principal, and MidAmerican Energy.

For more information please visit us online at desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter at @DMArtsFestival, Instagram at @desmoinesartsfestival, Pinterest at @dmartsfest, on YouTube and on LinkedIn.  #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF #DMAF2018 #Nationwide #MakeSafeHappen

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Belle Du Chene at 646-712-2196 or email Belle at bduchene@desmoinesartsfestival.org.