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Des Moines Arts Festival® Announces 2017 Award Winners

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Des Moines Arts Festival® Announces 2017 Award Winners

Des Moines, IAJune 25, 2017 – The on-site jury of the 2017 Des Moines Arts Festival® presented awards to the top visual and film artists at an awards ceremony held this morning at Centro Restaurant in downtown Des Moines. Metalworks artist Laura Baring-Gould was awarded Best of Show, Michael Jones was named Best of of Emerging Iowa Artists, and Erin Beckoff was named Best of Show for the Interrobang Film Festival.


Best of Show:

Laura Baring-Gould: Metalworks, Booth #LS14C

Best of Show Emerging Iowa Artists:

Michael Jones: EIA Booth #11

Awards of Excellence:

Adam Crowell: Wood, Booth #GS5

Chris Dahlquist: Photography, Booth #LS29 & #LS30C

Matthew Hemminghaus: Photography, Booth #GS6

Brice McCasland: Mixed Media, Booth #LN7C

Igor Menaker: Photography, Booth #GN43

Juror Awards:

Beth Bojarski: Painting, Booth #LN15

Larry Simon: Photography, Booth #GSC11

Shawn Harris: Digital, Booth #LN6C

Interrobang Film Festival Awards:

Best of Show:

Pressing On: The LetterPress Film, directed by Erin Beckloff

Best Cinematography:

Joe Vella for Pressing On: The LetterPress Film

Best Short:

Lunch Time, directed by Alireza Ghasemi

Best Animated:

Light Sight, directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei

Best Free Form:

Beat, directed by Sarah Knauf

Best Student Film:

Spectrum of Faith, directed by Anna Steason

Honorable Mentions:

Hush Hush directed by Thomas Nolle, Marmalade directed by Bruce Bales, Rhizophora directed by Julia Metzger-Traber, A Night At The Movies directed by Erik Carlson


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 and is presented by The Des Moines Register. The Festival would also not be possible without the support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Principal℠, MidAmerican Energy, and Prairie Meadows. DMAF 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 workshops and 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

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