"Field Notes Emmet County" - 24" x 24"
oil painting - ©Danielle Clouse Gast
Artists selected for awards in the 6th Annual
Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Exhibition
at the Iowa State Fair this summer
(2017 A.R.T. Artist Danielle Clouse Gast third from right)
2017 Artisans Road Trip Artist Danielle Clouse Gast was named a Finalist in the sixth annual “Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Exhibition” contest at the Iowa State Fair.
The Agriculture Art Exhibit is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and it recognizes Iowa artists and Iowa's role as a global leader in agriculture. The exhibit is coordinated by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
“Our state’s natural beauty, the farmers that care for the land, our crops and our animals have long been an inspiration for talented artists to create wonderful artwork," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said. "This tradition continues with the outstanding pieces that are part of this exhibit. I congratulate all this year’s artists for the extraordinary work and encourage Iowans to visit the exhibition and view these pieces."
“Iowa artists have a long history of honoring the beauty and diversity of Iowa's rural landscapes and agriculture in their works," Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said. "Their talent continues with this year's exhibit, and we thank the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for partnering with us to showcase Iowa artists of all ages."
“Agriculture is more diverse than ever and is a part of our lives in Iowa, even beyond food, fuel and fiber," Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill said. "We are encouraged to see how these talented artists are able to show that success, while celebrating the dedication of the men and women who helped us reach that success, through hard work, integrity and compassion.”
The entries were judged on innovation, relevance to the contest theme, and overall aesthetic and technical quality. Participants had to be Iowa residents working in 2D media. The winning entries were judged by officials from the three sponsoring organizations.
The finalists’ original artwork is on display through Oct. 30 at Café Barattas in the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.
Danielle works from her Spirit Lake Studio at 901 Hill Ave...you can find out more about Danielle and her work at http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/Danielle%20Clouse.htm