Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition implements online submission, training and increased prizes in 2016

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

The Fine Arts Exhibition at the Iowa State Fair is one of the country’s premier competitions, drawing exhibitors of all ages from all over Iowa. In 2016, we hope to grow and improve the show by implementing online initial submission, offering training workshops across the state and increasing prizes.

Any interested Iowan may submit their work to be juried, and if accepted, they will be eligible for the prizes offered in any one of thirteen media categories. The best of show award has been increased this year to $1000 and prizes in each adult media category amount to $150 each. Children from ages three through high school are juried independently of adult entrants. Young people from ages of 9 to 13 are eligible for trophies and youth from 14 through high school are eligible for prize money.

Details about the submission process can be found on the State Fair website and the digital entry must be submitted at by June 11, 2016.

Workshops have been planned to help with the new entry process as well as answer any questions. All workshops are on Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m. in the following locations:

Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fairgrounds, Administration Building

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317

Davenport, IA – Saint Ambrose University, Galvin Fine Arts and Communications Center, room 1541 - 2101 North Gaines Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Denison, IA – Hillside Grille Steakhouse

169 Oak Ridge Dr., Denison, IA 51442

Questions may be directed to Fine Art Superintendent, Janet Heinicke at or Iowa State Fair Entry Department at 515-262-3111 x267 or