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Des Moines Arts Festival® Jury Process Begins Wednesday, December 3rd
DES MOINES, IA December 2, 2014 – The 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival® may be seven months away but planning for the event is well underway. On Wednesday, December 3rd the Des Moines Arts Festival will begin the three-day jury processes in Des Moines. Five members of the local and national arts community will serve as jurors to select 179 artists from the 966 applicants who will be invited to exhibit their work in the Juried Art Fair on June 26 - 28, 2015, in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park.
Stephanie Brunia, Robert Reeves, Michael Schwegmann, Dylan Strzynski and Susan Watts will view over 5,796 images over the three-day jury. 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 for 2015 is composed.
“We consider our artist selection to be open and fair and as such we want to be transparent in our process. We consider the jury process a collaborative effort where majority rules. This process has enabled our art festival to be the premier in the country,” said Stephen King, Des Moines Arts Festival Executive Director.
Applications were received in 12 mediums from artists in 46 states and four countries that include the United States, Canada, Tokyo and Portugal. 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.
The Festival invites applying artists to preview their images, as part of the projected ZAPPlication system on Wednesday December 3rd at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Board Room 3 (Board Room 3 is located on the Mezzanine Level). Applying artists along with members of the public are invited to a welcome reception starting at 5:30pm with the jury preview beginning promptly at 6:00pm.
Selected artists for next year’s Festival will be announced on December 12. The jury process will be updated throughout the three days on the Festival's Facebook Page: Facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Instgram: desmoinesartsfestival and Twitter: @DMArtsFestival.
About the Jury
Stephanie Brunia received a Master of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2012. In 2007, she also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors and higher distinction from the University of Iowa. In 2011, Gilbert Vicario, the senior curator of the Des Moines Art Center selected Brunia as one of three artists to be featured in the museum’s annual Iowa Artists exhibition.
Robert L. Reeves received a BA in Art with honors from the University of Northern Iowa all while pursuing interests in film, theater, and music. He has been creating and exhibiting for over 20 years; creating works of public art, personal works, and commissions for private individuals and businesses. His paintings and drawings can be found in corporate and private collections in the US and Europe. Working primarily from photos taken while traveling Reeves creates moments of personal significance and striking balance. His painting style employs rough, energetic handling of his mediums, deep contrasts, and highly saturated colors.
Michael Schwegmann received a BFA from the University of Illinois. He has made ceramic sculpture as a full time studio artist since 1995. Michael's sculptural ceramics focus complex ideas of labor. He sells his work through galleries, public and private commissions, and juried art fairs across the United States. Michael was a 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival award winner.
Dylan Strzynski graduated from the University of Michigan School Of Art And Design with a BFA focused on printmaking and sculpture. Born in Flint Michigan in the mid 1970’s, then a rusting company town beginning a rapid slide into post corporate oblivion. As a result he grew up mostly in the woody marine landscape of northern Michigan, blocks from the big lake. Today his work, which focuses on landscape and vernacular architecture, addresses concerns about the environment and poverty by telling stories characterized by mystery and subtle humor. Dylan was the Best of Show winner at the 2014 Festival.
Susan Watts graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in art history and journalism. She is the owner of Olson-Larsen Galleries, a contemporary gallery and custom frame shop in West Des Moines. She oversees all operations of the gallery – managing the representation of 60 regional artists, working with a range of individual and corporate clients, coordinating major commissions, and curating gallery exhibitions. Susan is part of Project Spaces, an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, serves as co-chair of Historic Valley Junction’s Gallery Night committee and is actively involved in the Historic Valley Junction Foundation district. Susan is currently a board member of the Friends of Des Moines Parks and formerly served on the Artstop board of directors.
The Des Moines Arts Festival® (DMAF), presented by Register Media, will be June 26 -28, 2015 in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. DMAF is one of the nation’s most respected arts events hosting 194 of the nation’s top artists in a beautiful urban street setting surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. For more information on the Festival please visit, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival and on twitter at @DMArtsFestival
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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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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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