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Iowa Art Council calls for Iowa Women’s Arts Exhibition artwork submissions


Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council announced an open call for female artists to submit art for the Iowa Women’s Art Exhibition, which showcases works from female Iowa artists and celebrates their contributions to the vitality of the arts and quality of life in Iowa.

“All across Iowa, business leaders tell me our state’s quality of life is one of the top considerations when they’re looking to expand or recruit new employees,” Reynolds said. “Iowa’s female artists have played a significant role in improving our quality of life in Iowa, and they’ve done it in a way that improves our economic vitality, too. So I am pleased to highlight their works in my formal office and encourage them to apply to be in the exhibit.”

The new round of art will rotate semi-annually at the State Capitol in the formal office of the Lt. Governor with a Fall Exhibit July-December 2017 and a Spring Exhibit January-June 2018. The submission deadline is  

May 1, 2017and artists must apply at

Applicants must be a current Iowa resident, female, 21 years of age or older and not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Submissions must be original pieces in 2D or 3D media completed within the past five years. Film, video or installation work will not be accepted. Works also must be display-ready including frames, fastening/installation material, and stand-alone without set up needs. Selected artists will receive $250 stipends to underwrite transportation and display costs.
Currently, works from Jody Boyer of Council Bluffs, Jane Gilmor of Cedar Rapids and Rachel Merrill of Des Moines are on display in the exhibit through June 30, 2017.
The exhibit series was created in 2014 by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Iowa Arts Council. The public is welcome to visit the exhibit 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the State Capitol.

The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. More information is available at or 515-281-5111.

One Comment

  1. Joyce O'Brien says:

    My fiber art work was on exhibit in the Governor Branstad’s working ofifice from 2011 to 2017, was allowed to fade from inattention to the bright lights, it is in Representative David Young’s office at this time.. My piece “di’moin”.is on display at each Des Moines City Council meetings… I have a very unique picture of the square at Pella ,Iowa,, which took me over 60 hours to create.

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