Event Information

ArtFest Midwest 'The Other Art Show' 2012
Show Dates: 6/23/12 - 6/24/12
Application Deadline: 3/10/12

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

General Information

ArtFest MidWest ‘The Other Art Show’ (Iowa’s largest fine art show) invites you to submit an application. This juried show, in its tenth anniversary year, is promoted by Stookey Companies and consists primarily of mid-western artists. This event offers an affordable, alternative to the outdoor downtown Des Moines art show. Other attractive features are free admission, free parking, free shuttle to and from the downtown show, and an expanded “Artist Demonstration Area” in front of the building. The Iowa State Fairgrounds are located approximately 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. The Varied Industries Building is a newly renovated air-conditioned building just inside the Fairgrounds main gate. Food will be available. Loading and unloading is easy and convenient, as all access is flat.

The show will be extensively promoted using various media.

Stookey Companies is a family-owned, Iowa-based business that has specialized in organizing Fine Art, Craft and Antique shows for over 17 years.

Click here for more information: www.artfestmidwest.com

Contact information: suestookey@att.net, 515.278.6200


  • EARN $50 BOOTH FEE CREDIT for this show!

If you do our February 11-12, 2012, HeartFest ‘A Fine Art Show’ and are accepted for

the June 23-24, 2012, ArtFest Midwest, you will receive a $50 credit toward your booth fee for

ArtFest Midwest.

  • 10th year

  • 230 juried artists

  • Indoors & air-conditioned venue

    Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds

    (E 30th St & E University Ave, Des Moines IA 50317)

  • Chosen as a “Show-Stopping Startup” and

    described as “overall this show is a hit” by Sunshine Artist Magazine

  • Estimated attendance (by Sunshine Artist): 30,000

  • Six Iowa artist demonstrating artist booths (double booth for price of single),

    chosen following jury process

  • Expanded outdoor demonstrating artist area

  • Friday evening setup available

  • Affordable artist motel accommodations: Pleasant Hill Sleep Inn, 5 minutes from Fairgrounds pending/night (515-299-9922), Econolodge across from Fairgrounds pending/night (515-262-2525)

  • Booth sharing allowed (maximum of 2 artists, 2 jury fees required)

  • RV parking

  • Complimentary show flyers mailed to artists for distribution at shows/galleries

  • Same-level load-in and load-out


  • March 10, 2012 (11:59 pm CST) – Application deadline (ZAPP online application), and nonrefundable jury fee payment deadline (See “Application/jury fee" below.)

  • March 20, 2012 – Acceptance notifications (invitations) & contracts emailed

  • April 1, 2012 – Deadline (postmark date) for booth fee check (made out to Stookey Companies) & contract (See “Booth fees” below.)

  • May 1, 2012 -- Cancellation deadline (can cancel by this date with full refund less $100 fee, after this date--no refunds made)

  • Setup times

Friday, June 22, 2012: 4-8 pm

Saturday, June 23, 2012: 7-10 am

  • Show dates/times:

Saturday, June 23, 2012: 10 am-6 pm

Sunday, June 24, 2012: 10 am-5 pm


  • Application/jury fee (nonrefundable) - $30 per medium-- must be paid through www.zapplication.org online

    Jury fee must be paid through ZAPP by credit card or through Paypal.

  • Booth fee must be paid by check only and sent directly to Stookey Companies at the time an artist is selected to participate. Booth fee check must be postmarked by April 1, 2012. Credit cards are not accepted and booth fees cannot be paid online at Zapplication. Booth fees must be mailed to Stookey Companies; P.O. Box 31083; Des Moines, IA; 50310.

Single, indoors (10’ x 15’ deep), no elec. $305

Single, indoors w/ elec. $350

1 ½ indoors (15’ x 15’), no elec. $458

1 ½ indoors w/ elec. $526

Double, indoors (20’ x 15’), no elec. $610

Double, indoors w/ elec. $700

Single, outdoors (10' x 15' deep) $305*

1 ½, outdoors (15' x 15') $458*

Double, outdoors (20' x 15') $610*

* Outdoor booths are reserved for demonstrating artists and all are on a corner.

  • Corner fee (indoors only, subject to availability) $75

  • Tables (8’) $30

  • Late booth fee payment $45

  • Cancellation fee (before May 1) $100

  • Returned check fee $35

Contact information:

ArtFest MidWest

Stookey Companies

P.O. Box 31083

Des Moines, IA 50310





  • If you are new to Zapp, please check out their help section and videos at www.zapplication.org.

  • 4 photos are required (must be formatted for ZAPP): 3 of artwork, 1 of booth display. Check the “Image Preparation” section under “Help” for more information on formatting photos.

  • All merchandise must be brought through the single and double overhead doors.

  • All tables must be draped to the floor.

  • Tent frames (no tops) may be used for display.

  • Artists must check in at the rear overhead door prior to setup.

  • Artists must not begin packing prior to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

  • All booths must be set up within the marked boundaries on the floor.

  • No “sale” or “discount” signs are allowed.

  • Artists must provide their own electrical bars with circuit breakers, as well as 3-prong grounded extension cords. Wattage limit for each artist is 400W. Artists must plug

    into Stookey Companies’ electrical bars, NOT directly into the Fairgrounds’ outlets.

  • No tape is allowed on the floor or wall surfaces. Nothing can be hung from the pillars or walls. No balloons are allowed. No spray painting or electric cords across aisles. No TV’s, radios or other sound equipment is to be used.

  • No refunds or credits will be made, unless stipulated above under “Fees”.

  • Artist presence is required.

  • Only the type of work pictured may be displayed at the show.

  • All work must be designed and handcrafted by the artist.