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Des Moines Arts Festival® Draws Diverse Talent from 37 States Plus Canada

June 12, 2018

DES MOINES, IA June 12, 2018 — Visitors to the 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival® will experience an impressive level of diverse talent. In fact, 178 artists from 37 states plus Canada will show their work representing ceramics, drawing, fiber, graphics/printmaking, glass, jewelry, metal works, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood. They were selected through a jury process earlier in the year. For more information about the artists attending, visit the Des Moines Arts Festival® website.

Now just one and a half weeks away, the Festival will also showcase work through the Emerging Iowa Artist Program. The Des Moines Arts Festival® features a unique opportunity for visual artists who are Iowa residents and currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. The Emerging Iowa Artist Program offers new artists the opportunity to showcase their talent at one of the nation's most decorated arts festivals.

Congratulations to the following artists who were selected by the jury to exhibit their work during the 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival.

Maddy Baker

Iowa State University 

Kayla Bates

Grand View University 

Brett Beasley

East Carolina University 

Shannon Deatrick

Kansas City Art Institute 

Sarah Johnson

Concordia University 

Wade Judge

University of Northern Iowa 

Ryan Koning

Luther College 

Cord McMahon

Grand View University 

Julia Meyer

Grand View University 

Gebet Sannoh

Kirkwood Community College 

Rebecca Schmidt

Simpson College 

Iowa residents currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within one year) from a university, college or art school anywhere in the U.S. are eligible to apply to the Emerging Iowa Artists (EIA) program. This program provides individuals the opportunity to promote their talents and sell their artwork at the Des Moines Arts Festival®. It also provides opportunities to artists beginning their careers.

Artists can participate in the EIA program for two years (either consecutively or non-consecutively). Because of financial support from Principal, this program is free to qualified artists. There is no charge to submit images for the jury or for booth space once the work is accepted by the jury.

Qualified artists are required to apply to the show in the same manner as professional artists and submit their work in accordance to the specifications. All applicants are required to provide at the time of application proof of residency and enrollment. All work submitted is juried by the same jury. The Festival jury will select the emerging artists separately from the Festival artists. And in June, the Awards Jury will jury all participating artists and award an emerging artist a $1,000 Best of Show Award for the Best Student Artist.

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

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Those who have experienced the Des Moines Arts Festival ® would not be surprised to know that this annual event has become a remarkable international phenomenon. The Festival has evolved since its first edition in 1958, when the "All Iowa Art Fair" was hosted on the grounds of the Des Moines Art Center.


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