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Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Iowa Art Council call for Women’s Art Exhibition artwork submissions

Feb 08, 2017

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council announced Tuesday 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 showcased from July to December 2017, and a Spring Exhibit showcased from January to June 2018.

The submission deadline is ​May 1, 2017, and 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.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, State Historical Society of Iowa, and Produce Iowa, the state office of media production – 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.

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