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2016 Award Winners

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Des Moines Arts Festival® Announces 2016 Award Winners

Des Moines, IA – June 26, 2016 - The on-site jury of the 2016 Des Moines Arts Festival® presented awards to ten visual artists at an awards ceremony held this morning at Centro Restaurant in downtown Des Moines.   Scissors Drawing artist, Ella Richards was awarded Best of Show. Kristen Greteman was named Best of Emerging Iowa Artists.

Ella Richards work is called Scissors Drawings because there are two equally important but complex unrelated skills that go into her art, drawing and cutting. At first glance people think it is a pen or ink drawing when in fact it is her original drawing cut out of black paper with micro-scissors. Ella continuously observes and mentally records little moments of humanity. Later these memories emerge into paper as technically complex, but comfortably familiar images. Ella lives in Greenwhich Village NYC with her husband Brian and their two children.

Best of Show

Ella Richards: Drawing, Booth GN17C

Awards of Excellence 

Mathew Hemminghaus: Photography, Booth GS6

Beth Bojarski: Painting, Booth LN16

Brice McCasland: Mixed Media, Booth LN47C

Marjolyn Van Der Hart: Mixed Media, Booth GN18C

Jurors Awards

Clifton Henri: Photography, Booth LN31C

Aaron Hequembourg: Mixed Media, Booth LS31C

Cat Telsa: Painting, Booth GS17C

Best of Emerging Iowa Artists

Kristen Greteman,EIA Booth 4


The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® presented by Register Media is an annual three-day free arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June.  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, socialize with us at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter: @DMArtsFestival, Instagram: desmoinesartsfestival #DMAF2016 #GoWhereItTakesYou.






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