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International Acclaim

Stephen King, Daphne Dickens, Colleen Murphy

Festival Wins Gold!

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Des Moines Arts Festival® presented by Nationwide on October 1, 2018 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 63rd Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, in San Diego, California, where they presented the Festival with the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award for Best Festival in the World. In total, the Festival won 27 awards. Read the full press release here.



Picture: Stephen King, executive director, Daphne Dickens, production and program manager, and Colleen Murphy, sponsorship manager, accept the Grand Pinnacle Award.

2018 Artist Award Winners

Congratulations to the 11 artists who took home honors as being the best among the 178 exhibiting artists at this year's Festival. 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.

For the complete list, click here!