June 23 - 25, 2017 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
Celebrating
20 Years!

Visual Arts

The Des Moines Arts Festival features the nation's top professional artists and emerging Iowa artists in a juried exhibition of artwork in a variety of mediums. Providing guests with the unique opportunity to meet artists from across the country and purchase their original works, the Festival is a signature event for the community.

A gallery of past artists and their work is available by clicking on Artist Gallery. A complete list of artists selected for the 2017 Festival is below.

You can also enjoy this slideshow...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Claudia Abderhalden  
Santa Barbara, CA

Glenna Adkins  
Fort Thomas, KY

Kathrine Allen-Coleman  
Jackson, GA

Joel Anderson  
Lykens, PA

Cort Anderson  
Belle Plaine, KS

Ryan Archibald  
Minneapolis, MN

William Armstrong  
Richmond, VA

Amy Arnold & Kelsey Sauber Olds
Viroqua, WI

Laura Baring-Gould
Somerville, MA

Sarah Bean  
Gold Beach, OR

Barry Bernstein  
Marquette, MI

Anne Bisone  
Milwaukee, WI

David Bjurstrom  
Austin, TX

Beth Bojarski  
Milwaukee, WI

Mike Bose  
Bedford, IA

Craig Brabson  
Nashville, TN

DeborahMae Broad  
Hawley, MN

David Burton  
Indialantic, FL

Gaston Carrio  
Houston, TX

Tony Casper  
Oconomowoc, WI

John Charbonneau  
Santa Fe, NM

Beth Clark  
Chicago, IL

Robert Coby  
Cleveland, OH

Karin Connolly  
Orlando, FL

Karin Coron  
Ypsilanti, MI

John Costin  
Tampa, FL

Josh Cote  
Bakersville, NC

Adam Crowell  
Bonneau, SC

Chris Dahlquist  
Kansas City, MO

Rey D'Alfonso  
Miami, FL

Randy Dana  
Mount Vernon, WA

Patricia DeLeon-Alfonso  
Miami, FL

Judith Eastburn  
Des Moines, IA

Steve Edgar  
Tallahassee, FL

Ummarid Eitharong  
Orlando, FL

Richard Elkin  
Corrales, NM

Matt Estrada  
Murfreesboro, TN

Mitch Evans  
Baton Rouge, LA

Nathan Falter  
Springfield, MO

Jennifer Falter  
Springfield, MO

Ruben Fasani  
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Delores Fortuna  
Galena, IL

Steve Frank  
St. Louis, MO

Susan Frerichs  
Richmond, VA

Allison Fretheim  
Iowa City, IA

Benjamin Frey  
Buena Vista, VA

Michele Friedman  
Chicago, IL

Naomi Friend  
Story City, IA

Karen Gelbard  
Pacific City, OR

Keith Grace  
Greenville, SC

Kristen Greteman  
Ames, IA

Jeremy Griffith & Chelsea Griffith
Murphysboro, IL

Debo Groover  
Tallahassee, FL

Leslie Anne Guinan  
North San Juan, CA

Anthony Hansen  
Morro Bay, CA

Shawn Harris  
Trinidad, CO

Diane Harty  
Frisco, CO

Matthew Hatala  
Danielsville, GA

Audrey Heller  
Berkeley, CA

Matthew Hemminghaus  
Vandalia, MO

Clifton Henri  
Chicago, IL

Aaron Hequembourg  
Monticello, GA

John Herbon  
Saint Ignace, MI

Cali Hobgood  
Urbana, IL

Michael Imes  
Pewaukee, WI

Jennifer Ivory  
Corvallis, OR

Barbara Bouman Jay  
Cuddy Valley, CA

Nicario Jimenez  
Naples, FL

Sam Jones IV  
Flippin, AR

Wiwat Kamolpornwijit  
Alexandria, VA

Jon Kamrath  
Mahtomedi, MN

Steve Keating  
Thornton, CO

Gillian Kemper  
Oklahoma City, OK

Brenna Klassen-Glanzer  
Minneapolis, MN

Lynn Krause  
Woodstock, IL

Diane Kunzler  
Urbandale, IA

Michael Kuseske  
Royal Palm Beach, FL

Jennifer Lashbrook  
Dallas, TX

John Leben  
Saugatuck, MI

Seung Lee  
Cathedral City, CA

Rusty Leffel  
Mission Hills, KS

Nicholas Leonoff  
Brooklyn, NY

Tina Leto  
Chicago, IL

Annette Levine  
Oberlin, OH

Mark Lewanski  
Portland, MI

Linda Lewis  
West Des Moines, IA

Ronald Linton  
Madrid, NM

Jen Loberg  
Milwaukee, WI

George Lowe  
Decorah, IA

Trent Manning  
Winter Haven, FL

Justin Marable  
Lawrence, KS

Kelly Marshall  
Minneapolis, MN

Brianna Martray  
Pittsburgh, PA

Jaana Mattson  
Minneapolis, MN

Shadow May  
Chattanooga, TN

Brice McCasland  
McKinney, TX

Toby McGee  
Oklahoma City, OK

Don McWhorter  
Carrollton, GA

Igor Menaker  
Grayslake, IL

Kipley Meyer  
Madison, GA

Lance Munn & Vicki Munn
Bloomfield, IN

Matthew Naftzger  
Pittsburgh, PA

Jillian Nickell  
Chicago, IL

Rex Nockengust & Gene Allen
San Diego, CA

Xavier Nuez  
Chicago, IL

Lawrence Oliverson  
Sullivan, WI

Gena Ollendieck
Cresco, IA

Scott Olson  
Chicago, IL

Jodi Perry  
Polvadera, NM

Loretta Petraitis  
Saint Petersburg, FL

Angie Pickman  
Lawrence, KS

Dave Piper  
San Antonio, TX

Roberta Polfus  
Oak Park, IL

H.C. Porter  
Vicksburg, MS

Luke Proctor  
Mt. Horeb, WI

George Raab  
Millbrook, Ontario

Gregg Rasmusson  
St. Louis, MO

Mark Reynolds & Carol Reynolds
Austin, TX

William Richards  
Underwood, WA

Ella Richards  
New York, NY

Meghan Riley  
Brooklyn, NY

Sundie Ruppert & Brad Ruppert
Norwalk, IA

Richard Ryan  
Bourbonnais, IL

Erik Saulitis  
Minneapolis, MN

Suzanne Schmid  
Springfield, IL

Melissa Schmidt  
St. Louis, MO

Michael Schwegmann  
Bement, IL

Yael Shomroni  
St. Louis, MO

Larry Simon  
Highland Park, IL

Mary Sly  
Friday Harbor, WA

C. Smathers  
Tulsa, OK

Cheryl Mackey Smith  
Fairview, NC

Andrew Sovjani  
Conway, MA

Thomas Spake  
Chattanooga, TN

Gregory Story  
Chicago, IL

Frank Strunk III  
St. Petersburg, FL

Julie Sutter-Blair  
Belleville, WI

John Sweitzer  
Champaign, IL

Meri Taylor  
St. Louis, MO

Marina Terauds  
North Branch, MI

Cat Tesla  
Snellville, GA

Philip Thompson  
Bangor, MI

Wayne Trinklein  
St Peters, MO

Alla Tsank  
Encinitas, CA

Reiko Uchytil  
Grimes, IA

Marjolyn Van Der Hart  
Toronto, Ontario

Chris Vance  
Bondurant, IA

Taman VanScoy  
Long Beach, CA

David Vigo  
Pensacola, FL

Jeri Vitello  
Bremen, IN

Nha Vuu  
Fort Collins, CO

Cheryl Ward & Steve Ward
St Augustine, FL

Thomas Wargin  
Menomonee Falls, WI

Marzena Weber  
Algonquin, IL

Mick Whitcomb  
Springfield, MO

Timothy White  
Crested Butte, CO

Rob Wiedmaier  
Platte City, MO

Mark Winter  
Milwaukee, WI

Michael Wommack  
Langhorne, PA

Ernest Wood  
Wichita, KS

E. Douglas Wunder  
Kutztown, PA

Samuel Yao  
Ann Arbor, MI

Kreg Yingst  
Pensacola, FL

Lou Zale  
Deerfield, IL

Michael Zavison & Melanie Rolfes
Atlanta, GA

 

 

For a list of the emerging artists, click here.

 

2016 AWARD WINNERS

Best of Show
ELLA RICHARDS
New York City, NY

Award of Excellence
BETH BOJARSKI
Milwaukee, WI

Award of Excellence
MATTHEW HEMMINGHAUS
Vandalia, MO

Jurors Award
CLIFTON HENRI
Chicago, IL

Jurors Award
AARON HEQUEMBOURG
Monticello, GA

Award of Excellence
BRICE MCCASLAND
McKinney, TX

Jurors Award
CAT TESLA
Snellsville, GA

Award of Excellence
MARJOLYN VAN DER HART
Toronto, Canada

Award of Excellence
MICHAEL WOMMACK
Langhorne, PA

Leysens Family Award for Best of Emerging Iowa Artists presented by Principal

Kristen Greteman
Ames, IA