Artwork sought for Iowa ag art contest
DES MOINES – Iowa artists of all ages can participate in the second annual “Celebration of Iowa: Agricultural Art Award” sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
The theme for this year’s exhibit is “Cultivating Change.”
The Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award is a juried art exhibit recognizing Iowa artists and celebrating the state’s role as a global leader in agriculture. Artwork is judged on innovation of concept, execution of contest theme and the aesthetic and technical quality of the work.
The exhibit features $5,000 in cash prizes in both a youth division (ages 17 and under) and an adult division (ages 18 and over). The adult division will award $1,500 to first place, $1,000 to the second place, and $750 to third place. The youth division will award $1,000 to first place, $500 to second place and $250 to third. Participants must be Iowa residents working in 2D or 3D media; film, video or installation work will not be accepted. All artwork must be original.
The deadline is July 1. A submission form and requirements, including artwork specifications, are available at www.culturalaffairs.org or www.IowaAgriculture.gov. Direct inquiries to Veronica O’Hern, of the Iowa Arts Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year entries were received from artists representing 45 Iowa communities. Larry Mendenhall of Altoona and Erika Matsuyama of Ankeny were the winners of the inaugural contest last year.