Governor's Arts Awards
Nominate Iowa artists, individuals, nonprofits, arts service organizations, volunteers, communities and others that have made a significant impact on the vitality of the arts in the state.
2023 Award Categories
Arts Service Award
Highlight an arts service organization that has made a significant impact on the vitality of the arts in their community/region over the award period (July 1, 2020 to November 1, 2022).
Arts Learning Award
Highlight an individual or organization that has increased access to arts learning experiences or enhanced arts learning outcomes for K-12 students in a significant or unique way over the award period (July 1, 2020 to November 1, 2022).
Emerging Arts Leader Award
Showcase an emerging arts leader who has made meaningful contributions to advance the arts in Iowa within the first ten years of their professional arts career.
Arts Legacy Award
Recognizes an individual, nonprofit organization or community that has had a particularly significant impact on the arts in Iowa over time. Note: posthumous nominations are eligible.
Arts Champion Award
Highlight an individual, team or organization that has taken an active role in building a sustainable and thriving ecosystem for the arts in Iowa over the award period (July 1, 2020 to November 1, 2022).
Nominations are reviewed by a panel of Iowa arts and culture professionals, who recommend awards. The Iowa Arts Council will present the awards in spring 2023.
How to Nominate
The nomination form for the 2023 Governor's Arts Awards has now closed.
Past Award Recipients
Click to view previous recipients of the Governor’s Arts Awards.
Request for Proposals - 2023 Governor's Arts Awards
The Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking artists or artist teams to submit proposals for the creation of five original plaques or sculptures for the 2023 Governor’s Arts Awards.
Applicants must submit proposals via the Iowa Arts Council's SlideRoom, an online application portal.