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The Student Art Exhibition (SAE) presented by GreenState Credit Union spotlights the creativity of children in grades K-12 attending schools in Central Iowa through a special exhibition at the Festival. Additionally, the students were recognized at a Visionary Artist Ceremony on Saturday of the Festival and will be recognized a special reception in September.

The Student Art Exhibition is designed to encourage children to pursue their passion for the visual arts, and to recognize student and teacher achievements and artistic talent.

Student artwork is currently displayed at GreenState Credit Unions until September 6. Read below to learn which schools are hosted at each GreenState Credit Union or view the online gallery here.

Pick-Up of Student Artwork

  • Pick-up artwork immediately following the Student Art Exhibition Reception (Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 6 p.m. at MainFrame Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines).
  • Artwork will NOT be sent to schools or students.
  • If you are not able to attend the reception, please make arrangements to pick-up the artwork at the Festival office by October 14, 2022 - Monday thru Friday, 8:30am-4pm. After this date, artwork will be archived. Location: Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Studio 431, Des Moines. Short term parking is available in the loading zone in front of the building.


2023 Timeline

March 7, 2023: School and Student Artwork Information Form opens on our website
April 28, 2023: Last day to submit student information
May 1, 2023: Begin artwork drop off, Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA 50309
May 19, 2023: Final day for artwork drop off
June 25: Visionary Artist Ceremonies at the Des Moines Arts Festival (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)
July 10, 2023: Artwork available for public viewing at GreenState Credit Union
September 6, 2023: Student Art Exhibition Reception and pick up, Mainframe Studios
September 7, 2023: Artwork picked up from DMAF office, Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA 50309, through October 13, 2023


  • Participating schools will be from the Central Iowa region.
  • Each school must submit a School and Student Artwork Information Form.
  • Each elementary school may submit up to four works that are two-dimensional and no larger than 12" x 18".
  • Each secondary school may submit up to four works that are two dimensional and no larger than 18" x 24".
  • Only two-dimensional media is acceptable.
  • No stretched canvas.
  • Artwork must be created in the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Do not mount or mat artwork. Staff will mount submitted artwork.
  • Schools must agree to review and honor U.S. copyright law (Title 17) and copyright guidelines provided by the Heartland Area Education Agency.
  • Schools must be willing and able to print and send the Student/Parent Letter home with each student selected to participate in SAE. (Alternatively, the letter may be emailed to the parent)
  • Schools must be willing to prepare Student Artwork to the specifications below.
  • Schools must be willing and able to mail Student Artwork or deliver artwork on scheduled dates/times.
  • Schools must be agreeable to the Artwork Pick-Up Policy.


Please direct questions to:

Zoey Lohse
Festival Program Intern
Des Moines Arts Festival®
E-mail: zlohse@desmoinesartsfestival.org

2022 Participating Schools

Adel Elementary School, ADM

ADM High School

ADM Middle School

Ames High School

Ames Middle School

Anderson Elementary, Bondurant-Farrar

Bondurant-Farrar High School

Bondurant-Farrar Middle School

Brookview Elementary, Waukee

Carlisle Elementary

Carlisle Middle School

Central Campus, DMPS

Clay Elementary, Southeast Polk

Cornell Elementary, Saydel

Cowles Montessori, DMPS

Crossroads Park Elementary, West Des Moines

Dallas Center Elementary, Dallas Center Grimes

DC-G North Ridge Elementary, Dallas Center Grimes

Des Moines Christian High School

Des Moines Christian School

DeSoto Intermediate, ADM

Dowling Catholic High School

Earlham Elementary School

Earlham High School

Edwards Elementary, Ames

Emerson Elementary School, Newton

Fust Homeschool

Grand View Christian School, Des Moines

Grant Ragan Elementary, Waukee

Hanawalt Elementary School, DMPS

Hartford Upper Elementary, Carlisle
Heritage Elementary, Dallas Center Grimes

Hillis Elementary, DMPS

Hillside Elementary, West Des Moines

Holy Trinity, Dowling

Homeschool- Vanderwilt

Horizon Elementary, Johnston

Indianola Middle School

Interstate 35 Elementary School

Irving Elementary, Indianola

Jordan Creek Elementary, West Des Moines

Lakewood Elementary School, Norwalk

Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary, Indianola

Lauterbach Group, Homeschool

Lawson Elementary, Johnston

Madison Elementary, Pella

Madrid High School

McKinley Elementary, DMPS

Meadow View Elementary, ADM

Meeker Elementary, Ames

Melcher-Dallas Community Schools

Moore Elementary, DMPS

Morris Elementary School, Bondurant-Farrar

Newton Christian Elementary School

Newton Christian School

North Polk Central Elementary

North Polk West Elementary

Northview Middle School, Ankeny

Norwalk Eastview

Norwalk High School

Norwalk Middle School

Ogden High School
Orchard Hills Elementary, Norwalk

Oviatt Elementary, Norwalk

Parkview Middle School, Ankeny

Perkins Elementary, DMPS

Pleasant Hill Elementary, DMPS

Prairie Ridge Middle School, Ankeny

Radiant Elementary, Waukee

Rock Creek Elementary, Ankeny

Roosevelt High School, DMPS

Sacred Heart School, West Des Moines- Private

Samuelson Elementary, DMPS

Saydel High School

Southview Middle School, Ankeny

St. Joseph School

Stilwell Junior High, West Des Moines

Sully Christian School

Timber Ridge Elementary, Johnston

Timberline School, Waukee

Twin Cedars Community School

Urbandale Middle School

Valley High School, West Des Moines

VS Academy, Homeschool

Walnut Hills Elementary School, Waukee

Waukee Elementary

Waukee Middle School

Waukee South Middle School

WDMCS Homeschool Enrichment
Program, West Des Moines

West Central Valley Dexter Elementary

West Central Valley Stuart Elementary

Willowbrook Elementary, Southeast Polk

Woodland Hills Elementary, Waukee

Wright Elementary, DMPS
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