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Des Moines Arts Festival® Kicks of Today at 11:00 am.
Friday, June 27, 2014
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The 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival® kicks off today at 11am in downtown Des Moines Western Gateway Park and will run through Sunday June 29th at 5:00 p.m.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Des Moines Arts Festival® Kicks of Today, Friday June 27th at 11:00 am.

What: The 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival® kicks off today at 11am in downtown Des Moines Western Gateway Park and will run through Sunday June 29th at 5:00 p.m.

When: This weekend!  Friday and Saturday 11am – 10pm and Sunday 11am-5pm

Why: Whatever your age there is an opportunity to channel your own inner artist with various activities at this year's Des Moines Arts Festival. Come experience the creative energy of the 195 invited artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, national acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage, the Civic Music Association Stage in the Jazz and Wine Pavilion Presented by Meredith and the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage, interactive arts opportunities and artisan food and beverages.

  • Hours of Operation: Friday and Saturday June 27th & 28th 11am-10pm and Sunday June 29th 11am-5pm
  • Fireworks at 10pm on Saturday June 28th
  • FREE for Everyone
  • Free Parking at Nationwide after 3:30 on Friday June 27th – Sunday June 29th
  • Parking ramps at Seventh and Grand and Ninth and Grand
  • Free Bike Valet
  • Craft Beer Tent
  • 30 Interactive Arts Activities
  • Media Zones with boosted WiFi, power stations to charge your smart devise and social media streaming

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 Friday June 27th Artist Demonstrations:

12-1 p.m.

Xavier Nuez

Booth GN17C

2-3 p.m.

Ben Schuh

Booth GN1C

3-4 p.m.

Deb LeAir

Booth LN3

4-5 p.m.

Sally Linville

Booth 15E8C

 

Friday June 27th Hy-Vee Main Stage LIVE Music:

12-2p.m.

              

Chad Elliott

 

2:30-4 p.m.

 

Jefferson County Green Band

 

4:30-6 p.m.

 

Bonne Finken

 

6:30- 8 p.m.

 

The Envy Corps

 

8:30-10 p.m.

 

10,000 Maniacs

 

 

Friday June 27th Civic Music Association Stage in the Jazz and Wine Pavilion Presented by Meredith

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

       

MBR Trio

12:30-1:30 p.m.

 

Belin Quartet

2-4 p.m.

 

The Tim Daugherty Trio

4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

The Commons Collective

7-8:30 p.m.

 

Dave Rezek Trio

9-10 p.m.

 

Dave Camwell & the Jazz Addicts

 

 

 

Friday June 27th GuideOne Preforming Arts Stage:

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Debbie Doo Wop & Dynamight Dan

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Bill Robison

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Jacey

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Bill Robison

4:30-5:00 p.m.

River Glen

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Rich Webster Band

 

 

 

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Interactive Arts Opportunities at the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival®
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Interactive arts activities are one of the five main pillars of the arts featured each year at the Des Moines Arts Festival. Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to be creative with hands-on with art, music, dance and more! These activities can be found throughout the Festival at sponsor booths, the Creative Kid’s Zone, and the Interactive Art Experience.
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Interactive Arts Opportunities at the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival®

Des Moines IA, June 24, 2014 - The mission of the Des Moines Arts Festival® is to add vibrancy to Central Iowa by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to celebrate the arts. By continuing to expand the children’s programming, and encouraging all on-site participants to offer even more creative and interactive arts activities, the Festival fulfills this mission.

The Prairie Meadows Community Outreach Program offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate on-site at the Festival and to share their mission to thousands of guests free of charge. In exchange for their free promotional space, each organization either offers an interactive arts activity for guests or provides volunteers for the Festival.   There are 28 area non-profits participating this year.

Interactive arts activities are one of the five main pillars of the arts featured each year at the Des Moines Arts Festival. Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to be creative with hands-on with art, music, dance and more! These activities can be found throughout the Festival at sponsor booths, the Creative Kid’s Zone, and the Interactive Art Experience.

Interactive Art Experience – Interact with one of the art world’s most famous paintings. Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seurat will come to life over the three-days of the Festival. Starting as a simple poster-sized print, the beautiful pointillism painting will be brought to life by Festival guests applying their personal interpretation.  Guests will receive a 10”x10” canvas on which they will express their vision of the painting.  Each of the over 800 canvases come together on a giant scaffold structure to create the billboard-sized rendering of the original painting.  On Sunday afternoon, all guests who contributed to the project will be invited back to retrieve their individual canvas to take home as a souvenir.

Paint. Drink. Have Fun.  Join Pinot’s Palette and Little Brushes to create your own masterpiece.  At Pinot’s Palette, anyone can be an artist and have fun being creative – no art experience required!

Milagros Style Engravings Stop by the AARP Iowa tent to make a craft foil engraving!

Homemade Pet Toys Join AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport to make a toy for your favorite furry friend!

Mini Canvas Painting Show what home means to you at the Anawim Housing booth!

Custom Coloring Table Come draw your favorite animal or play a bean-bag game with Animal Lifeline of Iowa!

Mask Decorating & Face Painting Make a mask or get your face painted with the Animal Rescue Leauge!

Customizable Buttons   Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa to decorate a button!

Asian-Animal Craft Come to the Blank Park Zoo booth to celebrate Asian species like tigers, snow leopards, and red pandas with this fun craft!

Sock Decorating Help Central Iowa Shelter & Services with their need for socks by decorating a pair that will be given to someone in need. Make art, and help others!

Canvas Art   Show off your inner Picasso and create a masterpiece on canvas using many different drawing tools and art techniques with Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce!

Rocket Design and Launch Help the Des Moines Music Coalition gear up for the 80/35 music festival by decorating and launching paper rockets!

Marble Painting   Join the Des Moines Social Club for fun with magic marble painting.

Illustration  Come to DMARC/MovetheFood.org's booth to illustrate your idea of a well balanced meal!

Memory Books   Create your own memory book with HCI Care Services and decorate it with favorite memories. Then, take your memory book home with you to continue to add to with more and more memories!

Origami Learn how to make an origami house and have fun decorating your creation with Iowa CASA.

Fabric Wrist Shakers Get creative with the Iowa Dance Theatre! Use strips of fabric to make wearable art.

Spin Art  Come to the Iowa District Optimists to make super spin art!

Tissue Paper Flowers Make colorul flowers out of pipe cleaners and tissue paper with Iowa Homeless Youth Centers!

Farm Animal Art   Color a picture of a farm animal and have it made into a button to wear with Living History Farms.

Book Illustrations Join Reach Out and Read Iowa in illustrating books!

Get Your Dance On!   Festival–goers of all ages will have the opportunity to watch and learn Latin dances that include: Salsa, merengue, cha cha, bachata, and more with Salsa Des Moines.

Doodle Bots Make awesome battery powered robots that attach to crayons or pencils and can be used to make art with the Science Center of Iowa

Kids for the Cure Art Participate in Susan G. Komen's art contest! The winning entry will be on the t-shirts for their Kids for the Cure participants.

Native American Culture Activities Celebrate Native American culture with Teaching Leaves through song, stories, and art!

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Des Moines Arts Festival® invites you to ‘go where it takes you…by experiencing the creative energy of the 195 invited artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, national acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage, the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage, interactive arts opportunities and artisan food and beverages. Your journey will take place around the renowned Pappajohn Sculpture Park in the heart of Downtown Des Moines June 27-29. Catch the spirit of Des Moines as you experience one of the nation’s best arts festivals.  For more information on the Festival please visit, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival.

 

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10,000 Maniacs, BoDeans to Headline Hy-Vee Main Stage during the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival®
Monday, June 23, 2014
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10,000 Maniacs, BoDeans, Iris Dement, The Envy Corps, and Jason Walsmith Headline Impressive Line-up on the Hy-Vee Main Stage during the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival ®
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Contact: Liz Adelman

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10,000 Maniacs, BoDeans, Iris Dement, The Envy Corps, and Jason Walsmith Headline Impressive Line-up on the Hy-Vee Main Stage during the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival ®

Des Moines, IA – June 16, 2014 – Award-winning Indi rock band 10,000 Maniacs (Friday June 27th) and Roots Rock Band, BoDeans (Saturday June 28th) will headline the evening line-ups on the Hy-Vee Main Stage during the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival®.

One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs, defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.  The band is known for writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material.

Rolling Stone gave their album, Our Time in Eden featuring hit singles like “Candy Everybody Wants” and “These are Days” a 4-star review calling the album “gripping…a provocative, unnerving power.”

Other 10,000 Maniacs chart-toppers include,  “Because the Night” “More Than This” and “Trouble Me.”

The band is recording a new album of traditional folk tunes from the British Isles. Twice Told Tales is available at www.pledgemusic.com/10KM

Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and deliver amazing, high energy, performances. "I realized some time ago that the key to the BoDeans identity is the fans' connection to our music. Nowhere is that more evident or rewarding as when we come together live. We love to connect with fans who have supported us for so long and brought us so much inspiration," said Kurt Neumann, the band's founder and front man. "We will continue to play as long as they continue to come out and sing along."

Chart topping songs like "Fadeaway," "Only Love" and "Dreams" won them Rolling Stone's readers’ poll for “Best New American Band.”  The band released several albums containing songs played heavily at radio, on TV shows and movies, and defined a sound that a generation embraced—songs like "Good Things," "You Don't Get Much," "Idaho," "If It Makes You," "Closer to Free," "Stay," "American," and, "All the World.”

10,000 Maniacs and BoDeans will headline on the Hy-Vee Main Stage after a full day of back-to-back live music acts that include Iris Dement, The Envy Corps, Jason Walsmith & The Lamplighters, Chad Elliott, Bonne Finken, Pieta Brown with Bo Ramsey, Dave Zollo and the Body Electric, Britches and Hose Ukelele Club, and Central Iowa Music Lab.  The 2014 Festival also features live music and performing arts on the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage and at the Civic Music Association Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith. A full schedule for all three stages is available at desmoinesartsfestival.org.

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Des Moines Arts Festival® invites you to ‘go where it takes you...’ in 2014 by experiencing the creative energy of the 195 invited artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, national acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage, the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage, interactive arts opportunities and artisan food and beverages. Your journey will take place around the renowned Pappajohn Sculpture Park in the heart of Downtown Des Moines June 27-29. Catch the spirit of Des Moines as you experience one of the nation’s best arts festivals.  For more information on the Festival please visit, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival. ###

 

 

 

 

 

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The Interrobang Film Festival Presented by Des Moines Arts Festival®
Monday, June 23, 2014
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The Interrobang Film Festival presented by the Des Moines Arts Festival® combines a traditional film production Festival with a public screening. Twenty-Nine films will be screened at various times throughout the three days of the Festival June 27 – 29 at Des Moines Central Library’s South Wing.
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Contact: Liz Adelman

 

(515) 802-0603 ladelman@desmoinesartsfestival.org

       

The Interrobang Film Festival Presented by The Des Moines Arts® Festival Promises a High Quality Film Experince 

Des Moines, IA June 18, 2014 - The Interrobang Film Festival presented by the Des Moines Arts Festival® combines a traditional film production Festival with a public screening. Twenty-Nine films will be screened at various times throughout the three days of the Festival June 27 – 29 at Des Moines Central Library’s South Wing.

"This year’s Interrobang has some of the highest quality films we have ever had. From socially important documentaries to high budget independent gems, you will not want to miss this year’s festival." – Kristian Day, Interrobang Film Festival Producer

Highlights of the Interrobang Film Festival will include: a Best of 48 Hour Film Project screening and mixer at 7PM on Friday June 27th at Des Moines Central Library. The 48 Hour Film Project is celebrating their 10th season in Des Moines with a free screening of some favorites from their first nine years.  The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and your team have a blast making a movie. All writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours.

Reps from the 48 Hour Film Project will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about upcoming events.

48 Hour Screening Order Friday June 27th

"Rise of The Wuffins" by Shrieking Tree, 2013 (Vacation/Holiday)

"Illegal Tender" by Japanese Tractor Company Films, 2010  (Film Noir)

"Smart Phone" by Danger Beach Entertainment, 2012  (Comedy)

"1-800-Catalog" by Baseball Team, 2013 (Mistaken Identity)

"The Shiz" by Thirthy9one, 2012 (Buddy Film)

"The West Excursion" by Napkin Sketch Productions, 2008 (Fantasy)

"Two in the Chamber; The Movie" by Musgrave Co-Prosperity Sphere 2012 (Musical/Western)

"Unpublished" by Slater Maxwell Productions 2011 (Dark Comedy)

"Somewhere" by White Poison Industries, 2013 (Fantasy)

"The Case" by Team. 2012 (Dark Comedy)

"S.T.U.F.F.E.D" BY ONE GENOME SHORT, 2013 (Vacation/Holiday Fim)

“Mimes of the Prairie” by Team Last To Enter, 2005 (Musical/Western)

 Behind the Scenes: "Mimes of the Prairie" by Team Last To Enter (Special)

 

For more information on the 48 Hour Film Project visit:www.48hourfilm.com/desmoines

Other Interrobang highlights include the Iowa premiere Blake Eckard’s Ghosts of Empire Prairie featuring cinematography from acclaimed independent filmmaker Jon Jost; a Midwest filmmaker discussion panel on Saturday at 3PM; and a Saturday screening of the film The Best Bar In America, a feature film financed through crowd funding.

 For a complete synopsis of each of the 29 films and information about filmmakers, go to interrobangfilm.org

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Des Moines Arts Festival® invites you to ‘go where it takes you...’ in 2014 by experiencing the creative energy of the 195 invited artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, national acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage, the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage, interactive arts opportunities and artisan food and beverages. Your journey will take place around the renowned Pappajohn Sculpture Park in the heart of Downtown Des Moines June 27-29. Catch the spirit of Des Moines as you experience one of the nation’s best arts festivals.  For more information on the Festival please visit, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival. 

 

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NEW at the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival® Interactive Media Zones
Monday, June 23, 2014
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The Des Moines Arts Festival® aims to further engage with Festival guests during the three day event with the new interactive media zones. These interactive media zones will feature boosted WiFi provided by CenturyLink, smartphone charging stations and social media streaming powered by Tint.
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Contact: Liz Adelman

 

(515) 802-0603 ladelman@desmoinesartsfestival.org

        

NEW at the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival® Interactive Media Zones

Des Moines, IA – June 19, 2014 -  The Des Moines Arts Festival® aims to further engage with Festival guests during the three day event with the new interactive media zones.  These interactive media zones hosted by our media partners, WHO-HD News Channel 13, Clear Channel Media + Communications and Des Moines Radio Group, will feature boosted WiFi provided by CenturyLink, smartphone charging stations and social media streaming powered by Tint.  Social media streaming will provide the opportunity for guests to share their festival experiences, status updates, tweets, Instagram photos via the event hashtags #DMAF2014 and #GoWhereItTakesYou. 

“Providing the opportunity for our guests to share their festival experience with us through social media helps create a more meaningful relationship, invites participation and enhances the overall festival experience.” –Stephen King, Des Moines Arts Festival Executive Director “Hashtags, social media streaming and boosted WiFI are just a few of the things that Des Moines Arts Festival has incorporated to make the 2014 Festival the best one yet,” added King. 

Social Media streaming at all three Media Zones will be powered by Tint.  Tint is home to more than 40,000+ brands around the world that use their product to aggregate, curate, and display social media feeds anywhere.  Tint has features and integrations that help drive deeper relationship with audiences through social media.  For more on Tint please visit: www.tintup.com

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Des Moines Arts Festival® invites you to ‘go where it takes you...’ in 2014 by experiencing the creative energy of the 195 invited artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, national acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage, the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage, interactive arts opportunities and artisan food and beverages. Catch the spirit of Des Moines as you experience one of the nation’s best arts festivals.  For more information on the Festival please visit, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival. 

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The Des Moines Art Festival® Aims to Achieve a Zero-Waste Event by 2016
Monday, June 23, 2014
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Working with key stakeholders the Des Moines Arts Festival® has created a comprehensive, long-range Sustainability Vision designed to identify and implement strategies and procedures that will dramatically reduce waste during the 2014 Festival.
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Contact: Liz Adelman

 

(515) 802-0603 ladelman@desmoinesartsfestival.org

       

The Des Moines Art Festival® Aims to Achieve a Zero-Waste Event by 2016

Des Moines Iowa- June 12, 2014- Working with key stakeholders, including the City of Des Moines, Drake University, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Waste Management, Sanimax, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Silent Rivers Design + Build, the Des Moines Arts Festival® has created a comprehensive, long-range Sustainability Vision designed to identify and implement strategies and procedures that will dramatically reduce waste during the 2014 Des Moines Art Festival.  One of the main objectives in this plan is to achieve a zero-waste Festival by 2016. 

This plan is designed to support and encourage best practices that ensure the Des Moines Arts Festival has a minimal negative impact on the environment while still delivering a world-class event.

A Sustainability Team will be on the ground dedicated to ensuring the goals of the Vision are not compromised.  Examples of this are as follows:

  • Vinyl banners used during the Festival are recycled and made into tote bags and other uses rather than deposited in the landfill.
  • Free bike valet service provided by Friends of Central Iowa Trails encourages guests to cycle to the Festival instead of driving.
  • All generators used to power the Festival site run on a biodiesel blend.
  • Any paper correspondence is printed on recycled paper and postconsumer waste materials.
  • Food vendors will be required to use compostable plates, utensils, napkins, and containers.
  • Artists and volunteers are provided designated water stations to fill reusable bottles, eliminating thousands of disposable plastic bottles.
  • Information provided to all participating vendors is delivered electronically and posted on the Festival's web site in order to eliminate paper and other non-recyclable products.
  • Other merchandise options are non-woven bags that can be reused by guests as tote bags, and reusable water bottles. 
  • Beverages will be sold in recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum. 
  • The application process for the juried art fair is completely paperless, using an online registration, application, jury and communications system called ZAPPlication.

Seventeen custom-designed waste stations will be positioned throughout the Festival site to accommodate recyclables, compostables, and landfill waste.  All waste will be logged and accounted for, providing compressive checks and balances following the Festival.  These metrics will set a baseline for next year’s Festival.  “We are committed to providing the local and regional public examples of how to operate and produce sustainable events.  The biggest challenge we face is the transformation of behavior.  Education is the key to make these changes” said Chaden Halfhill of Silent Rivers Design + Build, and chair of the Festival’s Sustainability Committee. 

Another impressive component of the Festival’s sustainability plan is the incorporation of Ash trees the City of Des Moines had to cut down due to the Emerald Ash Borer.  Instead of immediately disposing of these trees, Silent Rivers Design + Build is transforming them into fencing that will surround the Festival’s VIP hospitality suites. 

For more information on the Festival’s sustainability efforts please visit: http://desmoinesartsfestival.org/sustainability.php

 

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Des Moines Arts Festival® invites you to ‘go where it takes you...’ in 2014 by experiencing the creative energy of the 195 invited artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, national acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage, the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage, interactive arts opportunities and artisan food and beverages. Your journey will take place around the renowned Pappajohn Sculpture Park in the heart of Downtown Des Moines June 27-29. Catch the spirit of Des Moines as you experience one of the nation’s best arts festivals.  For more information on the Festival please visit, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival. 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Des Moines Arts Festival® Media Kit
Monday, June 23, 2014
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What:  The three day FREE 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival kicks off this Friday, June 27th at 11:00 am 

WhenFriday, June 27th 11am-10pm, Saturday 11am - 10pm(fireworks at 10pm) and Sunday 11am- 5pm

WhereDowntown Des Moines Western Gateway Park

Why: The 2014 Festival will feature the best visual artists in the country, along with interactive arts-related activities, live music, film, and performing arts. 

Visuals: We invite you to ‘go where it takes you…by experiencing the creative energy of the 195 invited artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, national acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage, the GuideOne Performing Arts Stage, interactive arts opportunities and artisan food and beverages. 

Interviews:  Stephen King, Executive Director Des Moines Arts Festival, James Bruton Production Manager Des Moines Arts Festival, Liz Adelman, Marketing and Communications, Ben Schuh 2014 Invited Artist

 

 

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2014 Preview Celebration Coverage
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Check out this great video coverage from The Des Moines Register's Arts Reporter, Michael Morain about our 2014 commemorative poster and original artwork. #dmaf2014
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Des Moines Arts Festival® Jury Process Begins Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Des Moines
Monday, December 2, 2013
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The Des Moines Arts Festival® is set to host one of the nation's most competitive visual arts jury processes on December 4-6, 2013 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
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DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Arts Festival® is set to host one of the nation's most competitive visual arts jury processes on December 4-6, 2013 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.  Five members of the local and national arts community will serve as jurors to select the 185 artists from the 1,125 applicants who will be invited to exhibit their work in the Juried Art Fair presented by Bank of America on June 27-29, 2014, in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park. 

Carla Fox, Ann Pifer, Aaron Tinder, Don McWhorter, and R. Michael Wommack will view over 6,700 images over the three-day jury.  Applications were received in 12 mediums from artists in 44 states and five countries.  In addition to the professional visual artists, the jury will select those artists to be invited to exhibit as part of the Emerging Iowa Artist program.  The Emerging Iowa Artist (EIA) program, presented by Principal Financial Group®, offers a unique opportunity for visual artists who are Iowa residents and currently enrolled in an institution of higher education to showcase their talents at one of the nation's most decorated arts festivals.

McWhorter and Wommack were invited to be part of the five-person panel because they were award winners at the 2013 Festival and are automatically invited to return as a result. Both were Award of Excellence winners.  These two will jury the entire field of applicants with the full panel this week. The remaining three jurors will also return in June to adjudicate those exhibiting to determine awards.

The Festival invites applying artists to view their images as part of the projected ZAPPlication system on Wednesday evening at the Arthur Davis Conference Center inside the Greater Des Moines Partnership building.  Jurors will begin the three-day process by previewing all images and applications in an evening session open to applying artists.  The entire jury process will take place over three days beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 4. During this time, the five-person jury will view and score 6,708 artist images. Selected artists for next year’s Festival will be announced on December 12.

The Festival process involves the preview, along with scoring artists through the first round.  The jury uses a 1 - 7 scoring system for the first round.  After the first round, artists are "voted" through by the jury to the next round.  The rounds continue until the final show is composed.  Jurors view a set of six images that are projected through high-powered projectors.  Five of the images are of the artist's work and the sixth is the artist's booth.  The entire process will be updated throughout the three days on the Festival's Facebook page - Facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival.

 

The Jury -

Carla Fox has been a jewelry & show artist for over 20 years. Previous to that she owned a company designing and installing fabric and metal sculptures in commercial spaces. She has been the director of a Portland, Oregon art guild’s show and sale-for 3 years, helped produce an all-metals show, and for the past six years has been director of Art in the High Desert Art Show, in Bend, Oregon. She is active in metal’s guilds, an advocate & community organizer for the visual arts in Bend, Oregon.

Ann Ruhr Pifer is the owner of The Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, MN.  The gallery focuses on fine American craft in mediums including clay, metal, wood, fiber (including wearable art), glass and jewelry.  The gallery has been named a “Top Retailer” of American craft by NICHE magazine, and has been featured in American Craft, NICHE, Minnesota Monthly, and Midwest Home.

Aaron Tinder is an artist and educator working in the Des Moines area. He received a BA in Art Education from Simpson College and an MFA in Painting & Drawing from Northern Illinois University, and has taught art at all levels from elementary to undergraduate. He is currently employed as Professor of Art at Grand View University, where he teaches primarily drawing, painting and art education courses. Aaron’s work has been shown in many juried exhibitions locally and nationally; recent highlights include the Quad-State Biennial at the Quincy Art Center in Illinois, and the International Drawing Annual at Manifest Gallery in Ohio.

Don McWhorter has been a full time independent studio clay artist since 1973. In 1975, he graduated with a BA in studio art with a concentration in ceramics from the University of West Georgia.  Working most recently with wheelthrown and altered forms, Don has won, over the past two years, seven Best of Clay awards and two for Best in Show, as well as an Award of Excellence at the 2013 Des Moines Arts Festival®.  In his home community of Carrollton, Georgia, Don serves as a board member for The Cultural Arts Alliance and was named the 2010 Georgia Volunteer of the Year for the Arts.

R. Michael Wommack received his BFA from the Tyler School of Art after attending the first session of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts. Early in his career he worked as a muralist for many private and governmental clients, many of the murals measuring 15 x 60 feet. His most recent exhibits include one person shows at Rowan University and The George School, and the most recent “Bucks County Artists – a Cross Section at BCCC” as well as the juried “Victory for Tyler/ Works on Paper at the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. His work is included in many private collections across the country and has received multiple awards, including a 2013 Award of Excellence from the Des Moines Arts Festival®.

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The Des Moines Arts Festival® is presented by Register Media, founded by the Des Moines Art Center and produced by Downtown Events Group and sponsored by Bravo Greater Des Moines, Prairie Meadows and Principal Financial Group®. The Juried Art Fair is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  For more information on the Des Moines Arts Festival® visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.org.

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