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Juried Art Fair presented by Nationwide

The centerpiece of the Des Moines Arts Festival is the highly competitive Juried Art Fair presented by Nationwide. Festival artists are selected through a rigorous, industry acclaimed blind jury process that takes place over the course of multiple days. The process is completed by five jurors who are privy to images of the artwork with associated pricing, booth images and an artist statement. No other information is provided to them. This intensive process results in a collection of vibrant, innovative, and masterful original works of art. The wide array of art in every medium is what attracts Festival guests year after year, who annually spend more than one million dollars on art at the Festival.

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2024 Application Information

Applications Available on ZAPPlication - October 31, 2023

Application Deadline - Soft deadline is January 15, 2024. Hard deadline is January 22.

Jury is scheduled for February 8-10, 2024

Notifications Emailed on March 3, 2024

Deadline to confirm participation/Agreement Due - March 31, 2024

Refund Deadline is May 1, 2024

Festival Dates are June 28-30, 2024


Evan Abrahamson, Drawing & Painting, Waconia, MN, GS30

Cheryl Eve Acosta, Jewelry, Kansas City, MO, GS24

Margaret Aden, Jewelry, Tucson, AZ, GN46

Krista Allenstein, Mixed Media, Elm Grove, WI, GN2

Jeribai Andrew-Jaja, Drawing, Haslet, TX, GN45

Andres Arango, Fiber - Wearable, Miami, FL, GN44

Andrew Arkell, Emerging Artist, Chicago, IL, LS8

Jackson Avila, Jewelry, Painting, Evergreen, CO, GS26C

Anna Bailey & Nathanael Bailey, Wood, Duluth, MN, LS19C

Marian Baker, Mixed Media, Oneonta, AL, GS14C

Stephanie Barenz, Emerging Artist, Madison, WI, GS51

Laura Baring-Gould, Metalworks, Somerville, MA, GS35C

Billie Barthelemy, Fiber-Wearable, Pinewood, MN, GS48C

Chelsea Bird, Jewelry, Pawtucket, RI, GS17

Emma Bolles, Emerging Iowa Artist, Chicago, IL, EIA2

Mike Bose, Clay, Bedford, IA, LN4

Paul Braun, Mixed Media, St. Augustine, FL, GN36

Deborahmae Broad, Printmaking, Twin Valley, MN, GN40C

Ed Brownlee, Clay, Kalamazoo, MI, LS13

Jenna Brownlee, Painting, Clive, IA, GN5C

Lisa Burge, Mixed Media & Printmaking, Kansas City, MO, LN18C

Alex Burke, Photography, Greeley, CO, GS13C

Eric Candee, Jewelry, Salida, CO, LS11C

Andrew Carson, Sculpture, Seattle, WA, GN1C

Theresa Carson Shafer, Jewelry, Baltimore, MD, GN18

Michael Cherepak, Printmaking, Lake Tapawingo, MO, GS5

Kathy Chetelat & Rory Chetelat, Sculpture, Aurora, CO, GN12

Derek Christensen, Mixed Media, Chicago, IL, GN53C

Beth Clark, Jewelry, Oak Park, IL, LN8

James Cole, Photography, Plainfield, IL, LN16

Matt Conlon, Clay, Ogden, UT, GN52C

Karin Connolly, Photography, Orlando, FL, GS55C

Karin Wagner Coron, Painting & Drawing, Ypsilanti, MI, LN2

Tony Cray, Glass, Wentzville, MO, GN21C

Adam Crowell, Wood, Bonneau, SC, GS25

Chris Cumbie, Mobile, AL, GS58

Christian D'Cruz, Emerging Artist, Leander, TX, GN51

Chris Dahlquist, Photography, Kansas City, MO, LS26C

Karen DeGuire, Emerging Artist, Saint Louis, MO, GN42

Roger Disney, Painting, Tulsa, OK, LN34C

Penny Dobson, Mixed Media, Northport, AL, GS21

Rachel Dory, Mixed Media, Austin, TX, GN31C

Karen Dreyer, Clay, Leawood, Kansas, GS9

Lauri Dunn-Peterson, Digital, Denver, CO, GN54

Jeff Easley, Wood, Parnell, IA, GS4

Judith Eastburn, Photography, Des Moines, IA, GS38

Ummarid Eitharong, Painting, Mixed Media, DeLand, FL, GS8C

Amee Ellis, Photography, Des Moines, IA, GS31

Leslie Emery, Mixed Media, Winthrop Harbor, IL, GN26C

Paul Eshelman, Clay, Elizabeth, IL, GS59C

Jennifer Falter, Clay, Springfield, MO, LS24

Nathan Falter, Clay, Springfield, MO, LS25

Peggy Feliot Jensen, Painting, Lafayette, CO, GS33

Mary Filapek & Lou Ann Townsend, Jewelry, Albuquerque, NM, GN15C

Tom Findlay, Mixed Media, Birmingham, AL, GS19C

Andy Fletcher, Painting, Fredonia, WI, LS21

Delores Fortuna, Clay, Galena, IL, GN55

Wendy Franklin, Indianapolis, IN, GS16

Aileen Frick, Mixed Media, Phoenix, AZ, GN10C

Michele Friedman, Jewelry, Chicago, IL, LN28

Leslie W Friedman, Glass, Arlington, TX, GN48C

Betsy Giberson, Fiber - Wearable, Warner, NH, LS29

David Gilbertsen & Joy Wallace, Mixed Media, Camp Lake, WI, LS33C

Jonathan Glowacki, Wood, Milwaukee, WI, LS12

Luis Gonzalez, Wood, Miami, FL, GN25C

Joseph Graci, Wood, Marquette, MI, LS4

Bryan Griffith, Mixed Media, Flagstaff, AZ, LN5C

Debo Groover, Mixed Media, Tallahassee, FL, LS30

Chris Gug, Photography, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL, GN29C

Leslie Guinan, Mixed Media, Des Moines, IA, GS39

Hilary Hachey, Jewelry, Baltimore, MD, LS28

Anthony Hansen, Metalworks, Morro Bay, CA, GN34C

Shawn Harris, Digital, Trinidad, CO, LN14

Kate Harrold, Digital, Nashville, TN, LN3

Diane Harty, Fiber-Wearable, Frisco, CO, LN33C

Matthew Hemminghaus, Photography, Vandalia, MO, GS10

Clifton Henri, Photography, Chicago, IL, LS14C

Scott Hildebrandt, Sculpture, Littleton, CO, GS54C

Robin Renee Hix, Mixed Media, Wimberley, TX, GS23

Cali Hobgood, Photography, Urbana, IL, LN24C

Luke Hubbard, Painting, Ankeny, IA, LS5C

Erica Iman, Clay & Painting, Kansas City, MO, GS36 & GS37

Nicario Jimenez, Mixed Media, Naples, FL, LN35

Coreen Johnson, Lafayette, MN, GN56

Megan Johnson, Burnsville, MN, GS53

Steve Jones, Mixed Media, Wentzville, MO, LS27C

Mira Jung, Emerging Iowa Artist, Ames, IA, EIA1

Ronna Katz, Printmaking, Albuquerque, NM, GS12

Brian Keller, Painting, Denver, CO, GS11

Brenna Klassen-Glanzer, Jewelry, Minneapolis, MN, LS3

Joachim Knill, Painting, Hannibal, MO, GS27C

Amy Koch, Mixed Media, Eureka, CO, LN39.5

Ryan Kvande, Sculpture, Thornton, CO, GN8

Lynda Ladwig, Clay, Lafayette, CO, LN9

Amy Lansburg, Mixed Media, Valdosta, GA, LN36

Robin Lauersdorf, Drawing, Monona, WI, GN19

Heather Laurie, Fiber-Wearable, Denver, CO, GN39

Emily Lavalier, Minneapolis, MN GS42

Jen Lawler, Jewelry, Des Moines, IA, LN38

Diane Lawrence, Fiber - Non-Wearable, Berryton, KS, GS57

Kerry Leasure, Jewelry, Hoover, AL, GS22

Bill Lepak, Wood, Saint Louis, MO, GS18

Tina Leto, Photography, Chicago, IL, LS35

Linda Lewis, Clay, Des Moines, IA, LN39C

Margaret Luttrell, Mixed Media, Knoxville, TN, LS7

Ynon Mabat, Digital, Longwood, FL, LN20

Andrew Manaylo, Boca Raton, FL, GN43

Trent Manning, Mixed Media, Winter Haven, FL, LS37

Kelly Marshall, Fiber - Non-Wearable, Minneapolis, MN, LN26

Brianna Martray, Drawing, Loveland, CO, LN25C

Rob Matthews, Mixed Media, Des Moines, IA, GS40C

Jaana Mattson, Mixed Media, Marshall, NC, LN7

Mays Mayhew, Painting, Aurora, IL, GN24

Brice McCasland, Mixed Media, McKinney, TX, LN13C

Cindy McDougall, Jewelry, Fergus Falls, MN, LS9

Igor Menaker, Photography & Mixed Media, Grayslake, IL, GN33

Allison Metzger & Jonathan Metzger, Printmaking, Des Moines, IA, GN7

Kipley Meyer, Mixed Media, Clarkston, GA, LS31

Michael Mikula, Glass, Cleveland, OH, GN38

Kirk Miller, Glass, North Palm Beach, FL, GS1C

Matthew Monahan, Printmaking, Chattanooga, TN, GS49C

Kate Morgan, Mixed Media, Columbus, OH, GS47

Rosa Murillo & Ruben Lopez, Jewelry, Huntersville, NC, GS43

Katie Musolff, Painting, Fredonia, WI, LS20

Janvier Ngamije, Fiber-Non-Wearable, Lewisville, TX, GS15

Gedion Nyanhongo, Sculpture, Fostoria, OH, LN1C

Thomas Nye, Glass, Minneapolis, MN, GN13

Elizabeth Oehler, Emerging Artist, Centerville, IA, LN21

Lauren Oland, Fiber - Wearable, Austin, TX, LN6C

Lawrence W.  Oliverson, Photography, Sullivan, WI, GN17

Steven Olszewski, Sculpture, Pinckney, MI, GN27

Enid Kate O'Rourke, Fiber-Wearable, Manakin-Sabot, VA, GS20C

Susan Otterson, Fiber-Wearable, Madison, WI, LN15C

Lawrence Packard, Drawing, Winter Haven, FL, LN32C

Olivia Palmer, Emerging Iowa Artist, Peculiar, MO, EIA5

Debra Payne, Painting, Stilwell, KS, LN22

Carrie Pearce, Mixed Media, Peoria, IL, LN11

James Pearce, Wood, Peoria, IL, LN12C

Caitlin Penny, Printmaking, Lenexa, KS, GN50

Mary Jane Piccuirro, Mixed Media, West Hurley, NY, GS34C

Kerrin Pogozelski, Fiber-Wearable, Aurora, CO, GS6

H.C.  Porter, Mixed Media, Vicksburg, MS, LS38C

Ed Pribyl, Sculpture, McHenry, IL, LN17C

Nolan Prohaska, Glass, Somerset, WI, LN19

Ron Purvis, Wood, Damascus, OR, GN57C

Jeffrey Raasch, Clay, Milwaukee, WI, GS56

Emma Reed, Emerging Iowa Artist, Cedar Rapids, IA, EIA3

Ella Richards, Mixed Media, New York, NY, GS41C

Christopher Robleski & Katie Robleski, Photography, Milwaukee, WI, LN29

Jovy Rockey, Jewelry, Winona, MN, GS2

Kerry Rolewicz, Drawing, Rockford, MI, GS3

Matthew Roman, Wood, Lawrence, KS, GS50

Matthew Rucker, Painting, Minneapolis, MN, GN20C

Ashley Sauder Miller, Mixed Media, Harrisonburg, VA, GN6C

Andrew Shea, Glass, Minneapolis, MN, LS16

Eric Silva, Jewelry, Whittier, CA, LN31

Steven Skinner, Clay, New Carlisle, IN, LS36

Thomas Spake, Glass, Jasper, TN, LN15

Erica Stankwytch Bailey, Jewelry, Arden, NC, GN37

Audrey Stirling, Emerging Iowa Artist, Runnells, IA, EIA4

Gregory Story, Clay, Chicago, IL, LS10C

Mark Sudduth, Glass, Cleveland Heights, OH, GN11C

Julie Sutter-Blair, Printmaking, Belleville, WI, LS22

Marina Terauds, Printmaking, North Branch, MI, GS28 & GS29

Craig Terry, Mixed Media, Orem, UT, GS32

Sharon Tesser, Fiber - Non-Wearable, Cape Coral, FL, GN30C

Lou Ann Townsend, Painting, Albuquerque, NM, GN14

Kimberly Tschida Petters, Painting, Minneapolis, MN, LS2

Thomas Tyers, Wood, Omro, WI, GN23

Chris Vance, Painting, Bondurant, IA, LS18C

Balbi Varela, Mixed Media, Lexington, KY, GS52

Alicia Velasquez, Jewelry, Iowa City, IA, GN9

Jeri Vitello, Fiber-Wearable, Bremen, IN, LS17

Thomas Wargin, Sculpture, Menomonee Falls, WI, GN28C

Robin L. Washburn, Metalworks, Marion, IL, GS7C

Hannah Wave Flower, Emerging Artist, Glenshaw, PA, GN4

Angela Welti, Jewelry, Okemos, MI, GS46

James Whitbeck, Montague, MA, LN30

Colleen Williams, Clay, Chattanooga, TN, LS34

Rob Williams, Painting, Windsor, CO, GN16C

Richard Wilson, Drawing, Greenville, NC, GN41C

Claudia Winter, Jewelry, Long Grove, IL, GN3

Glenn Woods & Keith Herbrand, Clay, Palm Harbor, FL, LS6C

Zitong Yin, Emerging Artist, Ankeny, IA, GN47C

Kreg Yingst, Printmaking, Pensacola, FL, LN32



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Emerging Artists presented by Principal

The Emerging Iowa Artist (EIA) Program presented by Principal® is a juried showcase of promising visual artists that delivers a pathway into the established competitive career within the visual art industry. It aims to foster professional and artistic development while nurturing creative skills.


The program was launched in 2003 when G. David Hurd, Chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group (now Principal), envisioned the next generation of artistry and artists. The program has provided opportunity for over 200 pre-professional artists. Some of our past artists include Ben Schuh (painter and muralist), Stephanie Brunia (photography, Iowa Arts Council Fellow), Katie Waugh (photography, sculpture, video). The EIA program is made possible by Principal. Principal is a global financial investment management and insurance company headquartered in Des Moines.


To qualify for the program, applicants must be Iowa residents currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within one year) from a university, college or art school anywhere in the country. Individuals can participate in the EIA program for two years (either consecutively or non-consecutively). Because of financial support from Principal, this program is free to qualified artists. There is no charge to submit images for consideration. If you are interested in being considered for the exhibition, contact Stephen King via email at

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