The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs seeks submissions from Iowa artists interested in having their artwork reproduced as part of the October 2021 issue of the state's historical journal, Annals of Iowa. This opportunity is administered by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Iowa Arts Council and State Historical Society of Iowa.
Artists may submit up to ten (10) artworks for publication consideration in this special edition of Annals of Iowa. A limited number of artworks may be chosen to visually accompany essays highlighting various themes in Iowa’s history and may be reproduced as inserts in the journal. The department will accept submissions of existing artwork as well as new artwork. The selected artist(s) will be paid $150 per artwork chosen to be reproduced as an illustration insert. This stipend includes documentation of the work for reproduction and grants the department single, non-exclusive use of their work in both the print and digital forms of the publication.
Additionally, the department is reviewing qualifications from artists who wish to be considered for a commissioning opportunity for the October 2021 Annals of Iowa cover. At least one artist will be invited based on submitted qualifications, including an artist statement and work samples, to develop a proposal that includes one or more original concepts for the cover. Each finalist will be paid a $300 stipend to develop a proposal. Proposals should represent the diversity and breadth of Iowa’s 175 years of statehood and reflect the department's mission to celebrate the arts, history and culture in Iowa.
From the finalists, one artist will be selected to create the final cover art and will be paid $1,000 inclusive of all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to: research, professional consultations, materials and creation, documentation, and the rights to reproduce the artwork in both the print and digital publications of the Annals of Iowa.
In addition to appearing on the cover of the October 2021 edition of the Annals of Iowa, the department may reproduce the cover art in promotional materials celebrating the 175th anniversary and for noncommercial uses related to the mission of the department.