2015 Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Art Fair!

Click HERE to submit your application through Zapplication by February 20, 2015!


2014 Best in Show Winners! 

First Place
Karen Bell, Spring Green, WI
Ceramics/Clay Booth #83

Second Place
Yan Inlow, Alameda, CA
Fiber Booth # 64

 Third Place
Steven Huffman, Ottumwa, IA
Sculpture, Booth #119 

2014 EMERGING Student Artists Best in Show Award Winners! 

 First Place
Amanda Maciuba
University of Iowa -- Printmaking

Second Place
Rachel Livedalen
University of Iowa -- Drawing/Sculpture/Printmaking

 Youth Award
Emily Moore
Horn Elementary -- Painting & Drawing



2015 Iowa Arts Festival

All Kinds of ARTS 
for All Kinds of People!

Mark Your Calendar!
Iowa Arts Festival
presented by Veridian Credit Union

June 5-7, 2015

Summer of the Arts welcomes residents and tourists to the Iowa Arts Festival in downtown Iowa City the first weekend in June each year.  Our community has been enjoying some tremendous entertainment for over 30 years at our organization’s longest running festival.

The Art Fair features fine artists from all over the country.  Booths line the downtown streets showcasing artists who are displaying and selling their works in painting, jewelry, photography ceramics, metals, wood, and more!  The Emerging Artist Pavilion features up and coming Iowa student artists at the college, high school and youth levels, giving these talented students the opportunity to  gain experience and network with professionals.

Music and talent on both the Main Stage and Family Stage fills the air and gathers the crowds!  Festival goers bring their lawn chairs and take in the free performances from such national talent on the Main Stage as The Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, and The Old 97’s; or local favorites like Euforquestra, Dave Moore, and Lake Street Dive.  The Family Stage features dancers, jugglers, magic shows, and other lively entertainment!

Bring the KIDS and make some memories at any of the areas that have family appeal such as Global Village where you can take a “tour around the world” to learn about different cultures and countries; Children’s Day where kids can play and participate in educational activities and sign up for the Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program; or visit the FUN Stops which are scattered throughout the festival with make and take crafts, games, face painting and more! 


About the Iowa Arts Festival

The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.

The general schedule is:

Friday Night:
          Main Stage musical performances
          Art Fair 5 - 8 PM
          Culinary Row

          Main Stage musical performances
          Family Stage performances
          Children's Day (bring the kids!)
          Art Fair 
          Emerging Artist Pavilion
          Art Goes LIVE! Demonstrations
          Culinary Row

          Main Stage performances
          Family Stage performances
          Global Village (bring the kids!) 
          Art Fair            
          Emerging Artist Pavilion
          Art Goes LIVE! Demonstrations
          Culinary Row

Featured Articles

"Iowa Arts Festival helps build community....." -Andy Douglas

Read more from the opinions section of the Press Citizen


Our friends at PATV have put together a fun video of the 2011 Iowa Arts Festival!  Click HERE to watch it!


City of Iowa City's Summer of the Arts           319.337.7944           P.O. Box 3128 Iowa City IA 52244-3128           info@summerofthearts.org