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Award Winners for the Des Moines Arts Festival & Cherry Creek Art Festival

Congratulations to everyone who participated in these two highly juried events.

The Des Moines Arts Festival was held on June 22-24 in downtown Des Moines with 185 participating artists

Best of Show: Joachim Knill
Joachim Knill of Hannibal, Missouri, displays his works in what looks like a shipping crate on the outside and an art museum on the inside

Best of Emerging Iowa Artists: Lindsay Burke

Merit Awards:

David Burton, 3-D Mixed Media

Chris Dahlquist, Photography

Cali Hobgood, Photography

Shadow May, Ceramics

Ella Richards, 2-D Mixed Media

Juror Awards:

Aaron Hequembourg, 2-D Mixed Media

Brian Mancl, Photography

Justin Robinson, 2-D Mixed Media


The Cherry Creek Arts Festival was held on July 6-8 in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver

Best of Show: Benjamin Frey, Drawing
2nd Place: Lissa Herschleb, Painting
3rd Place: Brianna Martray, Sculpture
Merit Award: Mark Traughber, Mixed Media
Merit Award: Heinrich Toh, Graphics & Printmaking
Merit Award: Eileen Sorg, Drawing
Merit Award: Harvey Brody, Painting
Merit Award: Ron Hoyle, Drawing
Juror’s Award: Aaron Hequembourg, Mixed Media
Juror’s Award: Loretta Petraitis, Painting
Juror’s Award: Gena Ollendieck, Mixed Media


Looks like Aaron Hequembourg was a double winner. Congratulations, Aaron! Well-deserved awards.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on July 15, 2012 at 11:09am

And this just in: the votes have been tallied and AFI member Brian J. Sullivan received the Peoples' Choice Award at Des Moines, cash prize and an invite for next year. Congrats, Brian!

Comment by Marti McGinnis on July 13, 2012 at 9:19am

Joachim Knill - AWESOME display! AWESOME website! <----blown away!

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