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Des Moines Arts Festivalâ Wins Coveted Gold Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)
Des Moines, Iowa - The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Des Moines Arts Festival® on September 29, 2014, during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Des Moines Arts Festival was presented with 21 awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. The ceremony culminated with the presentation of the coveted Gold Grand Pinnacle Award to the annual festival of arts and culture. The Grand Pinnacle Award is the industries highest professional honor and represents recognition across all platforms. Awards were won in the following categories:
GOLD - BEST SINGLE NEWSPAPER DISPLAY AD
GOLD – BEST T-SHIRT DESIGN
GOLD – BEST TARGETED SPONSOR SOLICIATION PACKAGE
GOLD – BEST INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR REPORT
GOLD – BEST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
GOLD – BEST OVERALL MERCHANDISING PROGRAM
SILVER – NEWSPAPER INSERT/SUPPLEMENT
SILVER – COMMEMORATIVE POSTER
SILVER – OVERALL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
SILVER – GREEN PROGRAM
SILVER – CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
BRONZE – PROGRAM WITHIN AN EXISTING EVENT TO BENEFIT A CAUSE
BRONZE – COVER DESIGN
BRONZE – AD SERIES
BRONZE – OUTDOOR BILLBOARD
BRONZE – EVENT INVITATION
BRONZE – STREET BANNER
BRONZE – ON-SITE DÉCOR
BRONZE – COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as Bumbershoot in Seattle, Washington; Boulevardia in Kansas City, MO; Denver Comic Con in Denver, CO; Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, PA; Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in Temecula, CA; National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC and Luminato Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada.
International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow, Poland; Hero Insolito in New Delhi, India; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Seoul Cartoon & Animation Festival in Seoul, South Korea.
“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”
For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization's common vision is for "A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration." The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.
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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
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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What: The three day FREE 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival kicks off this Friday, June 27th at 11:00 am
When: Friday, June 27th 11am-10pm, Saturday 11am - 10pm(fireworks at 10pm) and Sunday 11am- 5pm
Where: Downtown 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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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®.
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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