June 28 - 30, 2019 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Emerging Iowa Artists

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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.

For information on applying to the Festival, click here.

For more information about the program, contact Stephen King.