Iowa State Fair Honors Finest of Art in Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 12 August 2013 08:10

DES MOINES, IA (08/09/2013)(readMedia)-- The top artisans from across the country put their handcrafted creations to the test in the Fine Arts competition judged prior to the start of the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Svetlana Van Wyk of Sully won Best of Show in the Adult division. First Place Overall was awarded to Sarah Hutchison of Urbandale. Judd Hoskins of Newton took Second Place Overall, while Third Place Overall went to Bryan Coons of Norwalk.

The three-judge panel evaluated nearly 500 hundred pieces of art before reaching their decisions. These entries will remain on display throughout the Fair in the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Additional Results below:

Overall Merit Awards

1) Jim Hubbartt, Adel

2) Ann Carothers, Ankeny

3) Leslie Leavenworth, West Des Moines

4) Stewart Buck, Ankeny

5) Cayli Graham, Ogden

6) Sue Ann Sturges, Ames

7) Art Ciccotti, Ames

8) Bradley Shea, Des Moines

9) Steve Tiffany, Fairfield

10) Robert Wallace, Ames



1) Daniel Marks, Ames

2) Chris Haines, Johnston

3) Nina Summers, Des Moines


1) Derick Whited, Dallas Center

2) Emma Nichols, Klemme

3) Freddy Koke, Bondurant


1) Leslie Whippen, Des Moines


1) Rebecca Abarr, Redding


1) Stephen Mineck, Vinton

2) Stephen Mineck, Vinton

3) Maxwell Marple, Fairfax

Mixed Media

1) Diane Benshoof, Des Moines

Oil Painting

1) Morgan Cramer, Grimes

2) Claude Bilsborough, Titonka

3) Leslie Leavenworth, West Des Moines


1) Nancy Thompson, Ames

2) Mary Muller, Des Moines

3) Lyn Schuck, Pleasantville


1) Sharon Nelson-Vaux, Altoona

Hand Pulled Prints

1) Alyssa Tauber, Windsor Heights


1) Teri Breck, Johnston


1) Richard Hanson, Fort Dodge

2) Amy Finchum, Derby, Kan.

3) Orv Spence, Johnston

Experimental Art

1) Curtis Stahr, Johnston

2) Lori Miller, Eldridge

Adult Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention) Laura Ingram, Saint Charles

Honorable Mention) Jennie Juhl, Bondurant


Youth Awards

1) Nicole Axtell, Des Moines

2) Madison Finney, Des Moines

3) Tyler Fugate, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Mary Bethel, Clive

Honorable Mention) Bobby Kwon, Ames

Honorable Mention) Rachel Schneider, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Tyler Fugate, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Lynae Dadisman, West Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Mandie Martin, Grinnell

Honorable Mention) Zachary Quick, Bondurant

Honorable Mention) Kassidy Monday, Tabor

Honorable Mention) Keely Bycroft, Bondurant

Youth Special Award - Watercolor

1) Anna Seale, Wellman

Youth Special Award - Pottery

1) Mary McDonald, Urbandale


Junior Awards

1) Yun Zhao, Cedar Rapids

2) Selina Hua, Iowa City

3) Emma Davison, Mason City

Honorable Mention) Edward Keen, Iowa City

Honorable Mention) Natalie Hunt, West Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Emma Davison, Mason City

Honorable Mention) Crystal Wen, Iowa City

Honorable Mention) Jonah Magneson, Urbandale

Honorable Mention) Eden Bruner, Ames

Honorable Mention) Audrey Fashimpaur, Cedar Rapids

The Iowa State Fair is home to the state's largest art show, largely due to the success of the Fine Arts competition that takes place each year.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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