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2021 student art exhibition

Hubbell Homes, and Des Moines Arts Festival® are proud to host the Student Art Exhibition (SAE). The SAE is a program that spotlights the creativity of children K-12 attending schools in central Iowa.

Students’ artistic achievements will be on display at the festival, June 25-27. Students will be celebrated at the Visionary Artist Ceremony during the 2021 festival.


  • 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 2020-2021 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. Details TBD.
  • Schools must be agreeable to the Artwork Pick-Up Policy.

COVID-19 Update

It is the intent of the Des Moines Arts Festival to implement consistent and relevant protocols that will ensure a safe and comfortable environment for our partners and guests at the end of June.

Complete School & Student Artwork Information Form

Please complete the the School and Student Artwork Information Form linked below by April 16, 2021.

**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 Lydia (ltobin@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. Downtown Events Group and Des Moines Arts Festival® are not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Deliver Student Artwork

  • We will announce date and location for student artwork delivery at a later time. Thank you for your patience.

Pick-Up of Student Artwork

  • IMPORTANT: Students will be required to SIGN for artwork taken from the Library.
  • Pick-up artwork immediately following the Student Art Exhibition Reception on September 8, 2021, at 6 p.m. or from the Greater Des Moines Partnership September 9 – September 30, 2021. The reception will be held at the Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, Downtown Des Moines.
  • Artwork will NOT be sent to schools or students.
  • Artwork not picked up at the Central Library will be taken to the Greater Des Moines Partnership (address above) and can be picked up Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For questions regarding pick-up, contact Daphne Dickens (ddickens@desmoinesartsfestival.org).
  • Please make arrangements to pick-up the artwork by September 30, 2021. After this date, artwork will be disposed of.

Teacher Check-List

    Read Official Guidelines.
    Complete the School and Student Artwork Information Form
    Select your student artwork (up to four per school)
    Send the Student/Parent letter home with participating students to inform them of upcoming events.
    Mail or Deliver Student Artwork. Specific date and location will be announced at a later time.
    View Student Artwork from participating schools on display at the Des Moines Arts Festival, June 25-27.
    Attend Visionary Artists Ceremony at the Festival on June 26, 2021 at 11:45 a.m.
    View Student Artwork from participating schools on display at the Central Library following the Festival through September 8, 2021.
    Attend Student Art Exhibition Reception on Wednesday, September 8, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Central Library. We strongly encourage students and their families to attend so please remind them. Artwork can be taken home that evening.


Please direct questions to:

Lydia Tobin, Program Intern
Des Moines Arts Festival®
E-mail: ltobin@desmoinesartsfestival.org

The Student Art Exhibition is made possible because of the generous support from
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