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For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 24, 2016


 
 

Contact:
Jeff Morgan (Cultural Affairs), 515-281-3858
Dustin Vande Hoef (IDALS), 515-281-3375
Laurie Johns (IFBF), 515-225-5414

Calling Iowa Artists-Deadline Approaching for
Juried Art Competition that Showcases Iowa Agriculture
Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Contest Prizes Range from $1,000 to $1,500

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation today announced a July deadline for Iowa artists to submit works for the fifth annual “Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award.” The competition carries $1,000 to $1,500 prizes, with finalist artwork to be exhibited at the State Historical Museum of Iowa from August through October 2016. Deadline for submissions of original works is July 1, 2016, at www.iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com.

“This exhibit has enjoyed great success over the past four years,” Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said. “We thank the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Farm Bureau for partnering with us and we look forward to seeing what Iowa artists submit this year.”

“The diversity and beauty of our land has been honored through art since the beginning of our state’s history,” Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said. “We are pleased to partner with the Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation again this year to showcase Iowa artists of all ages and encourage their talent.”

“Iowa agriculture is quite diverse, but the tie that binds is always the same; it’s having a passion for the land, for working with our hands and growing things, caring for animals—all while assuring the sustainability of the land. Farming is an industry that accounts for one out of every five jobs in this state, but few Iowans get a chance to actually work the land. We are proud producers; it’s a calling to the land and nature that brings us home,” says IFBF President, Craig Hill. 

The Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award is a juried art exhibit that recognizes Iowa artists and celebrates Iowa’s role as a global leader in agriculture. Artwork will be judged on innovation of concept and the aesthetic and technical quality of the work. There is a Youth Division (17 years of age and younger) with a $1,000 first place prize and an Adult Division (18 years of age and older) with a $1,500 grand prize. Second, third and other finalists will also receive monetary awards.

Exhibit entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges arranged by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Eligible participants must be Iowa residents working in 2D media (3D, film, video, or installation work will not be accepted). Accepted works must be ready for display including frames, fastening/installation material, and must stand alone and not require set up by the artist. Only one application may be submitted per individual.

Additional information and requirements, including artwork specifications, are available by visiting www.iowaculture.gov or contacting Veronica O’Hern at veronica.ohern@iowa.gov. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

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The mission of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is to provide leadership for all aspects of agriculture in Iowa, ensure consumer protection and promote the responsible use of our natural resources.

About Iowa Farm Bureau
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to helping farm families prosper and improve their quality of life.  More than 159,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve economic growth, educational improvement, and environmental quality in their communities.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa-State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations. www.iowaculture.gov.

 

 

 
 
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