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Des Moines Arts FestivalĀ® Draws Diverse Talent From 36 States and Canada

June 11, 2015

Visitors to the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival® will experience an impressive level of diverse talent.  In fact, 195 artists from 36 states and Canada will show their work representing ceramics, drawing, fiber, graphics/printmaking, glass, jewelry, metal works, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

Nine of the artists were award winners from the 2014 Festival and received an automatic invitation to return to Des Moines. The remaining artists were selected through a jury process earlier in the year, and 64 percent of them are new to the Festival. For more information about the artists attending, visit the Des Moines Arts Festival Gallery.

Now just two weeks away, the Festival will also showcase work through the Emerging Iowa Artist Program. Offering new Iowa artists the unique opportunity to start their careers at the award-winning Festival, the program is free to the exhibiting artists thanks to financial support from Principal Financial Group®. Emerging Iowa artists may submit work to be judged in the Festival and are eligible to win a $1,000 Best of Show prize.

Featuring student artwork from more than 100 local schools, guests can see budding artists at the Des Moines Art Center's Nurturing a Student's Vision K-12 Art Exhibition presented by Hubbell Homes (NSV). NSV is a program that spotlights the creativity of children K-12 attending schools in central Iowa through a special exhibition on-site at the Festival and the six weeks after at the Des Moines Central Library.

All media inquiries should be directed to Liz Adelman at (515) 802-0603 or ladelman@desmoinesartsfestival.org.

Des Moines Arts Festival®

The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a three-day, annual arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June.  The free-to-attend Festival invites you to 'go where it takes you...' by engaging with 195 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 demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste.  For more information please visit us online at desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival.  #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF2015