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G. David Hurd Innovator in the Arts

Dave Hurd

G. David “Dave” Hurd was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary heart. He loved his city of Des Moines. He loved the Arts Festival and was passionate about its success. Dave was an innovator. He was the person in the room who always asked, “Why not?”


The Des Moines Arts Festival proudly presents the G. David Hurd Innovator in the Arts to honor Dave's legacy. This annual recognition to an individual or organization honors Dave’s passion for making our community a better place to live and his passion that drives innovation, community-building and opportunity.

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G. David Dave Hurd

Seso Marentes
2024 G. David Hurd Innovator in the Arts

Seso Marentes embodies Dave's unwavering dedication to mentoring those who are to come and those struggling to find their voice. He's a community activist using his voice and art to explore intersections of identity and culture. He's a storyteller. Born in Iowa, his artwork is a commentary on his struggles caught between his Mexican culture and being from Iowa.

Seso advocates for underprivileged individuals to break stereotypical stigmas. He tirelessly supports youth artists as they find their way to express what is uniquely theirs and ensures that the voices of Latino artists are amplified.   ​

We are thrilled to celebrate Seso, to encourage him to do more, to say thank you, and to encourage our community to support his efforts to help raise the consciousness of Latino and underserved artists in our community. His spirit of mentorship starkly emulates Dave's vision to make Des Moines a better place to live.


Ruby Herrera, Seso Marentes, Stephen King, Trudy Holman Hurd, Daphne Dickens

Past Recipients

Chris Vance, 2023

Hoyt Sherman Place, 2022

ArtForce Iowa, 2021

Girls Rock! Des Moines, 2019

Bravo Greater Des Moines, 2018

Chaden Halfhill, 2017

Larissa Kabel, 2016

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