DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Arts Festival®, presented by The Des Moines Register, has announced its lists of invited professional and emerging artists for the 2013 Festival on June 28-30 in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. A total of 185 invitations have been extended to visual artists from across the nation in the mediums of Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Graphics/Printmaking, Glass, Jewelry, Metalworks, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. In addition to these professional artists, a total of 20 invitations have been extended to artists who submitted an application as part of the Emerging Iowa Artist Program presented by The Principal Financial Group.
11 of these artists were award winners from last year’s event and received an automatic invitation. The artists in these 12 mediums represent 38 states and Canada. Nine artists have been invited from Iowa.
Final invitations were decided upon by a panel of five jurors including Rebecca Ekstrand, Ann Harmon, Aaron Hequembourg, Joachim Knill, and Sarah Rishel. The 185 invitations came from a pool of 1,104 applicants.
The application process was facilitated completely online through ZAPPlication® (ZAPP®), a universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals and fairs via the Internet. Applying artists were required to submit six images of their work in a designated medium, including a booth shot, for the five-person blind jury process. The jurors viewed all images by medium and scored each artist. Jurors are read each artist statement but are not given the artists’ name or hometown.
The list of invited artists can be found on the Festival’s web site at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org