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180 Artists Announced at 2017 Des Moines Arts Festival® REVEAL Event

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Des Moines, IA  
January 27, 2017 — The Des Moines Arts Festival® released the list of the 180 professional visual artists representing 29 states and the countries of Argentina and Canada who have been invited to participate in the 20th annual juried art fair June 23-25, 2017, in downtown’s Western Gateway Park. The announcement comes after a special event called REVEAL, sponsored by Foster Group Inc., which took place last night at Wells Fargo Arena. See the highlights here.
Artists were chosen earlier this month through a rigorous five-person jury process led by jurors Alex Braidwood, Kristen Greteman, Liz Lidgett, Brice McCasland, and Michael Morain. Over the course of three days, the jury previewed more than 6,000 images in a variety of mediums submitted by a pool of 1,002 applicants from 43 states, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Israel, and Taiwan. The jury used a 1 – 7 scoring system for the first round, followed by rounds of voting, eventually narrowing down and composing the final show for 2017.
“We pride ourselves on creating every opportunity for every artist that applies to our show. Our jury is thorough, fair, balanced and transparent. Our process is why our festival is considered one of the best in the country,” said Stephen King, Des Moines Arts Festival Executive Director and Chair of the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Board of Directors.
In addition to the professional visual artists, the jury compiled the list of Iowan artists to exhibit as part of the Emerging Iowa Artist program. Since 2003, the Emerging Iowa Artist program presented by PrincipalSM 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 full list of invited artists can be found on the Festival’s web site atwww.desmoinesartsfestival.org/visual-arts.
About the Des Moines Arts Festival®
The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a free annual three-day arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The Festival invites you to “go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste.  
For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival.  #GoWhereItTakesYou  #DMAF #DMAF20
About the Jury
Alex Braidwood is a sound artist, media designer & design educator.  He maintains a practice centered around a process of play, experimentation and research through making. His work explores methods for transforming the relationship between people and the sounds in their environment. Recently, Alex has been an artist in residence in an Australian National Park, on an Iowa farm and at a mid-western biological field research station. He was recently one of the two Iowa Artists for 2016 through the Des Moines Art Center. Alex has exhibited work, led creative technology workshops, lectured on his research process, and performed live at a variety of events throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design, Masters of Sustainable Design and Human Computer Interaction PhD programs at Iowa State University and is director of the artist-in-residence program at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory biological field research station.
Kristen Greteman is an artist, aspiring architect, avid-traveler, and perpetual student with a fascination for the intersection between the built and natural environments. Her work, whether architecture, art, or research, serves as a catalyst to explore social, environmental, and economic issues that have surfaced from the ways we change the natural environment by creating the built environment. Kristen grew up in Iowa and loves calling this state her home base. She earned professional Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture and Master of Community and regional Planning degrees in 2011 and 2016. Exhibiting in the 2016 Des Moines Arts Festival, Kristen was awarded the Leysens Family Award for Best Emerging Iowa Artist.
Liz Lidgett is an art advisor, appraiser and stylist. As CEO of Adore Your Walls, she works with corporate and privately owned collections where she researches, acquires, and curates works of art. Liz is also the host of The Art Hunter withBetterHomesandGardens.com and is a freelance contributor for many national publications. She is the past-president of Art Noir, the member affiliate group for the Des Moines Art Center and has worked as a volunteer for many other community arts and cultural organizations including Des Moines Metro Opera, Ballet Des Moines, Science Center of Iowa and Salisbury House and Gardens. She was named the 2013 The Des Moines Register’s Juice Magazine Young Professional of the Year.
Brice McCasland is a mixed media artist from McKinney, Texas, although his wife, Katie, is originally from Des Moines. He is also a full-time teacher of visual arts for the McKinney, Texas, school district for grades K-12. Brice works primarily with oils, but recently began an entirely new body of work through mixed media. His work deals with texture and surface via collage and paints to help narrate hauntingly simple landscapes and portraits. When not teaching, Brice travels the country exhibiting his work in shows like the Des Moines Arts Festival. Brice’s piece Our Liberties We Prize was selected as the 2016 Commemorative Poster and his body of work was recognized with an Award of Excellence.
Michael Morain manages communications for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, a job he began in 2016 after a decade covering arts and culture for The Des Moines Register. The Ames native holds degrees from Graceland University, in Lamoni, and Northwestern University, in Chicago, and is a two-time fellow of the NEA Institutes for Arts Journalism. He lives in downtown Des Moines with his husband, Heath Smith, and relies on their two cats, Eleanor Roosevelt and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for their patience and wise counsel.

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