Iowa State Fair to Debut Mural Painting Contest

Written by Theresa Rose on April 3, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (04/03/2015)(readMedia)– The 2015 Iowa State Fair, set August 13-23, will feature a custom mural designed and painted by a local artist. Individuals are invited to submit their own designs for the 12×16-ft. mural, which will be completed throughout the Fair in the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center.

To enter, submit an entry form along with a detailed rendering of your proposed design. For full consideration, applicants must also send an exhibition record, three to five samples of previous work and at least two professional references. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair website: All entries must be received or e-mailed to by May 1.

The selected design will be chosen June 1. The winner will receive a $2,500 stipend, up to $500 in reimbursement for supplies and an invitation to plain the mural on-site during the Fair.

Send entries to:

Jen Cannon, Competitive Events Director

Iowa State Fair

PO Box 57130

Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003

Or e-mail all materials to

For questions about the contest, contact Jen Cannon at 515-262-3111, ext.245 or

“Nothing Compares” to the 2015 Iowa State Fair, August 13-23. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit