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Student Art Exhibition

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 the Visionary Artist Ceremony on Saturday of the Festival and again at 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.



Pick-Up of Student Artwork

  • The Student Art Exhibition Reception (and pick up) will be on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Pick up will begin at 6pm followed by a short ceremony - including drawings for cash prizes for both students and teachers. The location of the reception will be Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309 in the "Big Room" on the first level. Free parking is available under the building or in the lot directly to the south of the building.

  • Artwork will NOT be sent to schools or students.

  • Artwork not picked up at the reception can be picked up from the DMAF Office, located inside Mainframe Studios - 900 Keosauqua Way, Studio 431, Downtown Des Moines, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 6:30  p.m. or Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., beginning September 7.  For questions regarding pickup, contact  Daphne Dickens (  

  • Please make arrangements to pick up the artwork by October 13, 2023.  After this date, the artwork will be disposed of.

​​​2024 Timeline:

March 5: School and Student Artwork Submission Form opens on our website 
April 28: Last day to submit student artwork online 
May 3: Begin artwork drop off – at the DMAF office located inside Mainframe Studios (900 Keosauqua Way, Studio 431, Des Moines, IA 50309) 
May 17: Final day for artwork drop off 
June 29: Visionary Artist Ceremony at the Des Moines Arts Festival® 
July 10: Artwork displayed at GreenState Credit Union locations 

September 4: Student Art Exhibition Reception and pick up at Mainframe Studios 
September 5: Artwork picked up from DMAF (Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Studio 431, Des Moines) through October 4, 2024 


Official Guidelines

  • Participating schools will be from the Central Iowa region. 

  • Each school must complete the School and Student Artwork Information form and must be willing to send home with the student artist the Student/Parent Letter. 

  • 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 2023-2024 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.

Documents and Resources

Please direct questions to:

Daphne Dickens, CFEE

Direct of Guest Engagement

Des Moines Arts Festival®


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