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Des Moines Arts Festival® Announces the 180 Artists Selected for the 2018 Festival at REVEAL Event

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Contact: Belle Du Chene

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 Des Moines Arts Festival® Announces the 180 Artists Selected for the 2018 Festival at REVEAL Event

DES MOINES, IA  February 22, 2018 –The Des Moines Arts Festival® released the list of the 180 professional visual artists representing 37 states plus the countries of Argentina and Canada who will be invited to participate in the 21st annual juried art fair June 22-24, 2018, in downtown’s Western Gateway Park. 

The announcement comes from a special event called REVEAL, sponsored by Foster Group Inc., which took place this evening in The Atrium of Athene in West Des Moines. Artists were chosen earlier this month through a rigorous five-person jury process led by jurors Chris Dahlquist, Jeremiah Elbel, Amanda Reynal, Chris Vance and Susan Watts. 

Over the course of three days, the jury previewed more than 6,000 images in a variety of mediums submitted by a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants from all over the world. 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 2018. 

“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 Immediate Past 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 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 tomorrow morning on the Festival’s web site at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org/visual-arts. The full gallery of images can be seen at http://desmoinesartsfestival.org/gallery/.


About the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The nine-time Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival will be held June 22-24, 2018. This free annual three-day arts and culture festival will surround the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. 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 #DMAF2018

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Belle Du Chene at 646-712-2196 or email Belle at bduchene@desmoinesartsfestival.org.


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