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Des Moines Arts Festival® Opens Artist Applications for 2019 Event

October 11, 2018

DES MOINES, IA  October 9, 2018 — The Des Moines Arts Festival® presented by Nationwide begins accepting artist applications today for the award-winning three-day festival that will attract more than 200,000 people to downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park June 28-30, 2019.

The outdoor festival of arts and culture is one of the world’s most respected, hosting 180 of the nation’s top artists in the beautiful urban street setting surrounding the 4.4 acres John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the newly-constructed Krause Gateway Center designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Twelve-time winner of the coveted Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), the festival is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence that works tirelessly to maintain a positive environment for artists and their clients.

The application process is facilitated completely online through ZAPPlication® (ZAPP®), a universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals and fairs via the Internet. Interested artists can visit this link and follow the instructions from there.

The application deadline for the 2019 event is Jan. 7.

The jury is scheduled for Feb. 5-7 in Des Moines (dates subject to change). The location for the projection jury will be 700 Locust Street, Suite 100 in downtown Des Moines. Applying artists and special guests are invited to a special Jury Preview as well. The preview is an opportunity for artists to view their images at the same time and in the same manner, the jury will see them. An email notice with all the details will be sent to all applicants.

The Festival also encourages Iowan residents who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education anywhere in the country to apply for the Emerging Iowa Artist program (EIA).  The EIA program provides for residents to apply, free-of-charge, and have their work juried by the same professional jury that views and selects the professional visual artists. Qualified artists are required to apply in the same manner as professional artists and submit their work in accordance to the specifications.  

For more information on the application process please visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.org/art/ or contact Des Moines Arts Festival executive director, Stephen King, at sking@desmoinesartsfestival.org.

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

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.