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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 are recognized at a Visionary Artist Ceremony on Saturday of the Festival and a special reception held at the beginning of 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.

2022 Timeline

March 7: School and Student Artwork Information Form opens on our website
April 29: Last day to submit student information
May 2: Begin artwork drop off, Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA 50309
May 20: Final day for artwork drop off
June 25: Visionary Artist Ceremonies at the Des Moines Arts Festival (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)
July 5: Artwork available for public viewing, location to be announced
September 7: Student Art Exhibition Reception and pick up, location to be announced
September 8: Artwork picked up from DMAF office, Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA 50309, through October 14, 2022


  • 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 2021-2022 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.

Complete School & Student Artwork Information Form

Please complete the the School and Student Artwork Information Form linked below by April 29, 2022.

**After you have completed the Form, you will receive via email a formatted Student Art Information placard. You will attach the placard to the student's artwork as described below before submitting the student artwork.


Prepare Student Artwork

  • You will receive an email from Kaylee (kjongerius@desmoinesartsfestival.org) containing your Student Art Information Form placards. Please print and cut out these placards.
  • Attach (bulldog clip) the Student Art Information Form placard to the back of the student's artwork.
  • Laminate OR wrap ALL works in acetate (no exceptions). No kitchen plastic wraps or document protectors.
  • Works not laminated or wrapped in acetate will not be accepted into the SAE.
  • The Exhibition will take place outside under a tent. The Des Moines Arts Festival® is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Deliver Student Artwork

  • Don't forget to include your Student Art Information Form placard with each piece of artwork! If you need assistance please contact Kaylee at kjongerius@desmoinesartsfestival.org.
  • U.S. Mail: Student Art Exhibition c/o the Des Moines Arts Festival, 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Delivery: we will be accepting artwork deliveries at Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA 50309. Deliveries will be accepted weekdays from May 2nd - 20th, 10 am-5 pm.

Saturday Visionary Artist Ceremony

All Student Art Exhibition participants and teachers are invited to the Visionary Artist Ceremony on Saturday June 25, 2022 on the Hy-Vee Main Stage (located on the West side of 12th St., between Locust St. and Grand Ave.). This year, the ceremony will be divided into two sessions by grade.

  • If your child/student is in Kindergarten through 4th grade, the ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. We ask that you please arrive at 10:45 a.m.
  • If your child/student is in 5th through 12th grade, the ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. We ask that you please arrive at 12:45 p.m. for this ceremony.
During each session, student artists will be called on stage to receive a recognition of achievement award in recognition of their artistic efforts.

Teacher Check-List

    Read Official Guidelines.
    Select your student artwork (up to four per school)
    Complete the School and Student Artwork Information Form
    Send the Student/Parent letter home with participating students to inform them of upcoming events.
    Mail or Deliver Student Artwork to 900 Keosauqua Way, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA 50309
    View Student Artwork from participating schools on display at the Des Moines Arts Festival, June 24-26.
    Attend Visionary Artists Ceremony at the Festival on June 25, 2022.
    Attend Student Art Exhibition Reception on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, location TBD. We strongly encourage students and their families to attend so please remind them. Artwork can be taken home that evening.

Pick-Up of Student Artwork

  • Pick-up artwork immediately following the Student Art Exhibition Reception (Wednesday, September 7, 2022) or from Mainframe Studios September 8 – October 14, 2022. The location of the reception will be announced at a later date.
  • Artwork will NOT be sent to schools or students.
  • Artwork not picked up at the reception will be taken to Mainframe Studios (900 Keosauqua Way, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA 50309) and can be picked up Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions regarding pick-up, contact Daphne Dickens (ddickens@desmoinesartsfestival.org).
  • Please make arrangements to pick-up the artwork by October 14, 2022. After this date, artwork will be archived.


Please direct questions to:

Kaylee Jongerius
Program Intern
Des Moines Arts Festival®
E-mail: kjongerius@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

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

Sacred Heart School, West Des Moines- Private

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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