The Emerging Iowa Artist 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.
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
Stephanie Brunia (photography, Iowa Arts Council Fellow), Katie Waugh (photography, sculpture, video). The EIA program is made possible by our Premier
Principal. Principal is a global financial investment management and insurance company headquarterd in Des Moines.