June 22 - 24, 2018 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
20 Years!

Student Art Exhibition

WINNER - Best Educational Program
~ International Festivals & Events Association

Hubbell Homes, Des Moines Art Center and Des Moines Arts Festival® are proud to host the Student Art Exhibition (SAE). The SAE is a program that spotlights the creativity of children K-12 attending schools in central Iowa through special exhibitions of their work at the Festival and Des Moines Central Library.

Students’ artistic achievements are recognized in a special exhibition on-site at the Festival; at the Visionary Artist Ceremony at the Festival on June 24 at 11:30 a.m.; Student Art Exhibition Reception at the Des Moines Central Library on August 30 at 6 p.m.; and reward them with a Medallion and Des Moines Art Center Household Membership. In addition, participating teachers each receive a household membership to the Art Center and a chance to win one-of-five $250 awards in art supplies.

The application deadline has passed for 2017. If you provided our office with a Letter of Intent, you should have received an email with further instructions on March 11. If you did not, or have further questions, please contact Mary Piechowski at mpiechowski@desmoinesartsfestival.org.

Parent/Student Letter
The Parent/Student Letter should be downloaded and emailed or placed with the student in their Friday folder. To download, open the letter by clicking on the link. Then click on the download icon (typically in the upper righthand corner). 

Official Guidelines

2017 Participating Schools

Adel De Soto Minburn Middle School

Adel Elementary School

Altoona Elementary

Ames Middle School

Anderson Elementary

Ankeny Christian Academy Elementary

Ankeny Christian Academy Secondary

Ankeny High School

Ashland Ridge Elementary

Ballard High School

Ballard East Elementary

Beaver Creek Elementary

Berg Middle School

Bondurant-Farrar High School

Bondurant-Farrar Middle School

Brookview Elementary

Carlisle Middle School

Christ The King Catholic School

Clive Learning Academy

Cornell Elementary School

Crestview School of Inquiry

Crossroads Park Elementary

Dallas Center Elementary

Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School

De Soto Intermediate School

Don Oviatt Elementary School

Dowling Catholic High School

Earlham Elementary School

Edwards Elementary

Emerson Elementary School

Four Mile Elementary

Fust Homeschool

Greenwood Elementary

Hillside Elementary

Holy Trinity Catholic School

Home School Arts Enrichment Program - West Des Moines Community School District

Howe Elementary

Huffey Homeschool

Indianola Middle School

Interstate 35 Elementary

Irving Elementary School

Jackson Elementary

Jensen Elementary School

Jordan Creek Elementary

Karen Acres Elementary

Lakewood Elementary School

Lawson Elementary


Melcher-Dallas Jr.-Sr.High School

Morris Elementary School

Newton Christian School

Newton Senior High School

North Polk Central Elementary

North Polk West Elementary

North Ridge Elementary School

Northview Middle School

Oak Park Elementary School

Olmsted Elementary

Parkview Middle School

PCM Monroe Elementary

Pella Christian Grade School

Pella Middle School

Perkins Academy

Pleasant Hill Elementary

Prairie City Elementary

Prairie City Monroe Middle School

Prairie Ridge Middle School

Prairieview School

Rock Creek Elementary

Rolling Green Elementary School

Sacred Heart School

Saint Theresa Catholic School

Saydel High School

South Prairie Elementary

Southeast Polk Junior High

St. Pius X Catholic School

Sully Christian School

Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Twin Cedars Community School

United Community School

Urbandale Middle School

Valerius Elementary School

Valley High School

Walnut Hills Elementary

Walnut Street School

Waukee Elementary School

Waukee Middle School

Waukee South Middle School

Waukee Timberline School

Webster Elementary School

Weeks Middle School

West Central Valley Dexter Elementary

West Central Valley Stuart Elementary

Western Hills Elementary

Westridge Elementary

Wilder Elementary School

Willowbrook Elementary

Woodrow Wilson Elementary

Wright Elementary