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

Student Art Exhibition

Best Community Outreach Program

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 23 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.

2018 Student Art Exhibition Official Guidelines

2018 Student Art Entry Form

For Teachers:

Teachers, please complete the electronic Student Art Entry Form by Friday, April 13, 2018. If you forget to print two copies of the form before submitting it electronically, you can access the PDF version here: 2018 Student Art Entry Form 

After you have selected the artwork, please send the 2018 SAE Parent Letter home with each participating student by downloading and printing the document. 


Applications for the 2018 Student Art Exhibition are now closed, and participating schools have been contacted. If you submitted a Letter of Intent and have not been contacted, or have further questions, contact Dani Schmaltz at dschmaltz@desmoinesartsfestival.org.