Iowa artists are being reminded that Monday July 1 is the deadline to submit works for the second annual "Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award."
The Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award is a juried art exhibit that recognizes Iowa artists and celebrates the state'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. The award is 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."
Contest features $5,000 total in cash prizes in both a Youth Division and an Adult Division
The contest and 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 place. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is sponsoring the prizes.
Eligible 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.
A submission form and additional requirements including artwork specifications are available by visiting the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website or the Iowa Department of Agriculture website. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 1, 2013. Inquiries regarding the exhibit may be directed to Veronica O'Hern, Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, at [email protected].
Deadline July 1 For Celebration of Iowa Agriculture Art Award
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.
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.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions, the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council.
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa. More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.