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.

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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

William Armstrong
Richmond, VA

Amy Arnold & Kelsey Sauber Olds
Viroqua, WI

Laura Baring-Gould
Somerville, MA

Sarah Bean
Gold Beach, OR

Shellie Bender
Lawrence, KS

Barry Bernstein
Marquette, MI

Anne Bisone
Milwaukee, WI

David Bjurstrom
Austin, TX

Beth Bojarski
Milwaukee, WI

Craig Brabson
Nashville, TN

DeborahMae Broad
Hawley, MN

David Burton
Indialantic, FL

Gaston Carrio
Houston, TX

John Charbonneau
Santa Fe, NM

Beth Clark
Chicago, IL

Micheal Paul Cole
Hannibal, MO

Karin Connolly
Orlando, FL

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

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

Jennifer Falter
Springfield, MO

Nathan Falter
Springfield, MO

Ruben Fasani
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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
Des Moines, IA

Andrea Haffner
Ojai, 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

Gabriela Horvat
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Michael Imes
Pewaukee, WI

Jennifer Ivory
Corvallis, OR

Barbara Bouman Jay
Cuddy Valley, CA

Nicario Jimenez
Naples, FL

Wiwat Kamolpornwijit
Alexandria, VA

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

Nick Leonoff
Brooklyn, NY

Tina Leto
Chicago, IL

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

Jennifer McCurdy
Vineyard Haven, MA

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

Jamie Perry
Riverside, CA

Jodi Perry
Osage, IA

Loretta Petraitis
Saint Petersburg, FL

Angie Pickman
Lawrence, KS

Dave Piper
San Antonio, TX

Annette Poitau
Oberlin, OH

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

Ella Richards
New York, NY

William Richards
Underwood, WA

Meghan Riley
Brooklyn, NY

Zavison Rolfes & Melanie Rolfes
Atlanta, GA

Sundie Ruppert & Brad Ruppert
Norwalk, IA

Ellie Rusinova & Brandan Styles
Denver, CO

Richard Ryan
Bourbonnais, IL

Erik Saulitis
Minneapolis, MN

Suzanne Schmid
Springfield, IL

Melissa Schmidt
St.Louis, MO

Michael Schwegmann
Bement, IL

Larry Simon
Highland Park, IL

Mary Sly
Friday Harbor, WA

C. Smathers
Tulsa, OK

Cheryl Mackey Smith
Fairview, NC

Thomas Spake
Chattanooga, TN

Gregory Story
Chicago, IL

Julie Sutter-Blair
Belleville, WI

John Sweitzer
Champaign, IL

Meri Taylor
St. Louis, MO

Marina Terauds
North Branch, MI

Cat Tesla
Snellville, GA

Wayne Trinklein
St Peters, MO

Alla Tsank
Encinitas, CA

Marjolyn van der Hart
Toronto, Other

Chris Vance
Bondurant, IA

Taman VanScoy
Long Beach, CA

Jeri Vitello
Bremen, IN

Nha Vuu
Fort Collins, CO

Cheryl Ward & Steve Ward
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

Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen
Smithville, TN

R. Michael Wommack
Langhorne, PA

Ernest Wood III
Wichita, KS

Mike Woodward
San Clemente, CA

E. Douglas Wunder
Kutztown, PA

Samuel Yao
Ann Arbor, MI

Kreg Yingst
Pensacola, FL

 

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