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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.



Please direct questions to:

Aleena Ali

Festival Program Intern

Des Moines Arts Festival®


Documents and Resources

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Post Festival Display Locations

  • Aurora Heights Elementary  

  • Berg Middle School 

  • Berg Middle School 

  • Carlisle Elementary School 

  • Carlisle High School 

  • Carlisle Middle School 

  • Clay Elementary 

  • Emerson Elementary School 

  • Emerson Hough Elementary 

  • Fust Homeschool 

  • Hartford Upper Elementary 

  • Indianola High School 

  • Indianola Middle School 

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary 

  • Runnells Elementary 

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​​​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 (Date and details coming soon!): Student Art Exhibition Reception and pick up at Mainframe Studios. If you're unable to pick up during on this date, artwork can picked up from DMAF (Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Studio 431, Des Moines) through October 11, 2024. 


Official Guidelines

  • Participating schools will be from the Central Iowa region. 

  • Each school must complete the School and Student Artwork Information form (located at the bottom of the page).

    • Artwork must be submitted by the student's art teacher. Artwork submitted by students or parents are not accepted.​

  • 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 found in the SAE Official Guidelines.

  • 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:

Aleena Ali

Festival Program Intern

Des Moines Arts Festival®


List of Participating Schools 2024

Ames High School

Ames Middle School

Anderson Elementary

Ankeny Centennial High School

Aurora Heights Elementary 

Ballard High School

Ballard Middle School

Berg Middle School

Big Creek Elementary

Bondurant-Farrar High School

Bondurant-Farrar Junior High

Brookview Elementary 

Carlisle Elementary School

Carlisle High School

Carlisle Middle School

Carroll Middle School

Central Elementary

Clay Elementary

Crossroads Park Elementary

Dallas Center Elementary

DeSoto Intermediate

Dowling Catholic High School

Emerson Elementary School

Emerson Hough Elementary

Fust homeschool

Gilbert Elementary School

Grand View Christian School

Grant Ragan Elementary

Hanawalt Elementary School

Hartford Upper Elementary

Heritage Elementary

Hillis Elementary

Hillside Elementary

Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School

Indianola High School

Indianola Middle School

Interstate 35 Elementary School

Jordan Creek Elementary

Kuemper Catholic High School

Lakewood Elementary School

Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary

Lawson Elementary

Martensdale-St. Marys High School

Mary Jackson Elementary

Meadow View Elementary

Moore Elementary

Morris Elementary School

Noble Oaks Schoolhouse 

North Ridge Elementary

Norwalk Eastview

Norwalk High School

Norwalk Middle School 

Orchard Hills Elementary 

Oviatt Elementary 

Parkview Middle School

Pleasant Hill Elementary

Pline Homeschool 

Prairie Ridge Middle School


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Rock Creek Elementary

Runnells Elementary

Sacred Heart School

South Middle School

St. Augustin Catholic School

St. Joseph's Catholic School

Stilwell Junior High

Sugar Creek Elementary

Summit Middle School

Timberline School


Urbandale Middle School

Virtual Campus

Walnut Hills Elementary

Waukee High School

West Central Valley Dexter Elementary

West Central Valley Stuart Elementary

West Elementary

Western Hills Elementary

Winterset High School

Woodland Hills Elementary

Wright Elementary

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