June 22 - 24, 2018 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
20 Years!

Emerging Iowa Artists

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 presented by PrincipalSM, offers new artists the opportunity to showcase their talent at one of the nation's most decorated arts festivals.


Urbandale, IA
Iowa State University
Booth 10

Ames, IA
Iowa State University
Booth 1

Des Moines, IA
University of Northern Iowa
Booth 4

Sioux City, IA
University of South Dakota
Booth 11

Klemme, IA
Grand View University
Booth 7

Winterset, IA
Iowa State University
Booth 3

Indianola, IA
Grand View University
Booth 5

Ankeny, IA
Grand View University
Booth 8

Marion, IA
University of Iowa
Booth 9

Ledyard, IA
Grand View University
Booth 6

Wellman, IA
University of Iowa
Booth 2

Emerging Iowa Artists Workshop

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Friday, June 23, 2017:

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Michael Jones – Woven Photopgrahy – Booth Number 11

Through the process of weaving, I physically merge two or more photographs. Using my own photography, I'll demonstrate the joining process by weaving together separate images that have been cut into strips while discussing why I've chosen the particular images.”


Saturday, June 24, 2017:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Madalyn Loring – Sculpture – Booth Number 4

"I Love to Clay" is an interactive wheel throwing demonstration, which will explore throwing a variety of forms on the wheel. This demonstration will include the formation of bottles and closed forms and show how I "give life" to them by using a blowing technique. Audience participation is encouraged, by having volunteers assist me with each step of creating pottery on the wheel. I use the closed form techniques to help construct my sculptures. 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Julia Meyer – Drawing – Booth Number 5

Meet Julia and learn her ballpoint pen techniques as she draws, and try them for yourself.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Emma Nichols – Mixed Media – Booth Number 7

"My workshop is aimed to engage younger audiences by highlighting a systematic approach to creating a narrative or story visually. I will be making approximately 3 pieces in mixed media using audience input on the elements of the narrative including the setting, characters, emotion, etc. I will walk through my approach to incorporating the elements of a story into a compelling composition."

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Lauren Haylock – Brass Etching – Booth Number 3

Meet Lauren and learn the process of etching brass. She will be demonstrating how to chemically etch metal to add line and texture jewelry. Guests will be able to learn the process by making their own brass charm.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Janelle Logemann – Photography – Booth Number 6

During this time, Janelle will be talking about being an artist that is more focused on the thoughts and research of a project rather than the visual labor of a piece. Come have a conversation with her about fine art agricultural photography and how to better translate the subject into her work for wider range of audiences can understand the topics. Bring your voice on what you receive out of her photos.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Jenna Nunamaker – Painting – Booth Number 8

Jenna will demonstrate her painting technique.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Xin Chen – Woodworking – Booth Number 1

“My demonstration has two parts. The first demonstration is to show how to disassemble my furniture to an image because my furniture can be shown in two different forms (the furniture and the image), and this also is one of the most important feature in my work. The second one is to demonstrate fundamental woodworking techniques such as, sawing, gluing, clamping, and cutting.”


Sunday, June 25, 2017:

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Brittany Winch – Collage – Booth Number 9

“During my presentation I will demonstrate my technique in juxtaposing ultra-flat planes with texture to create a dynamic composition. I'll be showing how collage with painted elements can create and energize a piece.”

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Kayla Parker – Booth Number 10

Meet Kayla and watch her silver soldering demonstration.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Kristi Collera Pearson – Jewelry and Décor – Booth Number 2

“My demonstration will be myself carving intuitive designs into skull and bone with a rotary tool


Located at Emerging Iowa Artist Demo Tent – between Grand and Locust on 13th Street

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.