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Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award winners announced

Posted August 14, 2013 in Downtown, Community Web Exclusives

DES MOINES – Lori Miller of Eldridge and Allison Mosbeck of Fairfax were named winners of the second annual Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award.

The juried exhibition, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, recognizes Iowa artists and Iowa’s role as a global leader in agriculture through the 2013 exhibition theme, “Cultivating Change”. The winners were announced today at the Iowa State Fair.

“These entries are one more way we can help all Iowans appreciate the beauty, character and historic significance of farming in this state.  Not everyone gets a chance to experience the diversity of our landscape, so we are honored to have a role in bringing the beauty of Iowa agriculture to a wider audience” IFBF President Craig Hill said.

In the Adult Division (ages 18 and over), Miller received the top honor for her fiber piece, Grant’s View. Robert Sturtz of Boone and Grant Thye of Grundy Center took second and third place, respectively.

In the Youth Division (ages 17 and under), Mosbeck won first place for her photograph, The Light of Change. Tylor Moss of Davenport and Adam Rice of Ames received second and third place, respectively.

“We are extremely pleased with all the artworks submitted.  The artists did a tremendous job of showcasing the natural beauty of our state as well as the farmers who care for the land,” Northey said.

“Iowa has a long tradition on honoring the land through its art,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “I congratulate all the artists who participated, and we thank our colleagues at the Department of Agriculture as well as our friends at Farm Bureau for supporting this program.”

The juried competition received 55 entries – 45 in the Adult Division and 10 in the Youth Division – and artists from 31 Iowa communities were represented. The entries were judged on innovation of concept and execution of contest theme and the aesthetic and technical quality of the work. Eligible participants had to be Iowa residents working in 2D or 3D media. The winning entries were judged by officials from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

The  finalists’ original artwork will be on display until November 1, 2013 at Café Baratta’s in the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. State Fair-goers can see images of the winning artwork at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s booth in the Varied Industries Building on the State Fairgrounds through the end of the fair.

Following is the list of winners in the Adult and Youth divisions:

First Place: Lori Miller, Eldridge
Second Place: Robert Sturtz, Boone
Third Place: Grant Thye, Grundy Center
Honorable Mention: Brian Roberts, Pella
Honorable Mention: Laura Larabee, Monticello

First Place: Allison Mosbeck, Age 16, Fairfax
Second Place: Tylor Moss, Age 16, Davenport
Third Place: Adam Rice, Age 12, Ames

For more information about the exhibition, contact Veronica O’Hern, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Arts Council Division, at

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