Iowa artists of all ages are encouraged to participate in the third annual "Celebration of Iowa: Agricultural Art Award" sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The theme for this year's exhibit is "Global Stewards" and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
"We're proud to recognize the talents of Iowa artists through this program while honoring Iowa's agricultural legacy," says Mary Cownie, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award is a juried art exhibit recognizing Iowa artists and celebrating Iowa's role as a global leader in agriculture. Artwork will be judged on innovation of concept, execution of contest theme, and the aesthetic and technical quality of the work. There is a Youth Division with a $1,000 first place prize and an Adult Division with a $1,500 grand prize. Second, third and honorary award winners will also receive monetary awards.
Opportunity to show contributions of Iowa agriculture
The awards will total $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 place. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is sponsoring the awards.
"This year's theme is a great opportunity to show the many contributions our farmers make, not just to this state, but far beyond our borders. Leaders, farmers, scientists and stewards from across the globe turn to Iowa as a role model for food, fuel, fiber and innovation. This Agriculture Art contest is a way to celebrate the beauty of that innovation and stewardship," says Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill.
Exhibit entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges arranged by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Eligible participants must be Iowa residents working in 2D (3D, film, video, or installation work will not be accepted). All artwork must be original.
Entries must be submitted on or before July 15
Applications must be submitted via the Iowa Arts Council's SlideRoom, an online application portal. Only one application may be submitted per individual. The online application can be found at the Iowa Art Council website.
"Iowa farmers take their responsibility to care for the land while helping feed people around the world extremely seriously. The theme of 'Global Stewards' will allow Iowa artists to creatively highlight those matching responsibilities. I can't wait to see the artwork submitted," says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.
Additional information and requirements, including artwork specifications, are available by visiting the Department of Cultural Affairs website or the Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship website. Inquiries regarding the contest may be directed to Veronica O'Hern, Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, at [email protected]. Last year entries were received from 55 artists representing 31 Iowa communities. Lori Miller of Eldridge and Allison Mosbeck of Fairfax were the winners of the contest last year.