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David Schmitz

David Schmitz has led the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, since 2020.  A Charles City native, Schmitz has been active in the Iowa arts community for more than a decade. 

As executive director of the Dubuque Museum of Art from 2015-2020, Schmitz co-curated a number of solo and group exhibitions and jurored a number of local and regional exhibits and arts festivals. Schmitz has held positions with the Des Moines Art Center and the Chicago Artists' Coalition and served as a reviewer for the National YoungArts Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.  Schmitz currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Gallery of Art at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art with a concentration in drawing and painting.

David will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, honorable mentions, and a special award in honor of Jean Semelhack to participating artists during the event.