The winners of the fourth annual Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award are Michael Wilson of Urbandale and Gracie Lawson of Moulton. The announcement was made during the Iowa State Fair.
The exhibition, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, recognizes Iowa artists and Iowa's role as a global leader in agriculture through the 2015 exhibition theme, “Women in Agriculture."
"These entries are one more way we can help all Iowans appreciate the beauty, character and historic significance of farming in this state, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) President Craig Hill said. "Not everyone gets a chance to experience the diversity of our landscape, so we are honored to have a role in bringing the beauty of Iowa agriculture to a wider audience."
The contest had youth and adult divisions. Wilson won $1,500 for the top honor in the adult division, and the second and third-place finishers received $1,000 and $750 respectively.
In the youth division, Lawson won $1,000 for first place, and the second and third-place finishers received $500 and $250 respectively.
The entries were judged on innovation of concept and execution of contest theme and the aesthetic and technical quality of the work. The finalists' original artwork will be on display until August 31, 2015, at Café Barattas in the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.