All State Information

What is All State Art?

Students are nominated by their teachers and then submit a portfolio of ten digital images of their work and three essays on their artistic experiences.  These portfolios will be judged by college professors and working artists.  The top 20% will be selected as the All State Art Team, and will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Des Moines Art Center.  These students will receive scholarship offers, a personalized plaque, and a large poster of their artwork.  The three top scoring schools, based on their top ive individual portfolio scores, will be awarded the prestigious title of “All State Art Program.”

Who is Eligible for All State Art?

Juniors and seniors are the only students who can submit portfolios to All State.  These students must submit ten works of art as part of this portfolio, however, they may not submit the same ten both junior and senior year.  For example, if a junior submits ten pieces of artwork in the previous year’s competition, he or she cannot submit any of those in the current year’s competition their senior year.  It is up to that junior to decide if his or her portfolio is strong enough for two years.  If not, the artist could wait to have a better assorted and advanced variety of work for the current year’s competition.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Each portfolio submitted has a fee of $25.
  • The nominating teacher must be a member of AEI (Art Educators of Iowa).
  • Contact for questions about membership.
  • Contact for questions about All State.

Students will submit the following online:

  • Ten images of ten different pieces of artwork (no separate detail images) or 1 minute segments of video with dimensions, media and title
  • photo of self
  • student essays – limited to 100 Words EACH:
    • value of visual art in your life
    • your influences
    • experiences that have shaped or changed you as an artist
  • All State portfolios are due by 12:00 PM on March 3.

Portal Website

The portal to create portfolios is located at

All State Documents

Click here to submit All State entries.

Copyright and Fair Use Worksheet
Copyright and Fair Use PowerPoint

All State on Facebook


2016 Competition

Sponsors, 2016:
Minneapolis College of Art and Design:  $1,000 scholarships
School of the Art Institute of Chicago:  $2,000 scholarships
Kansas City Art Institute:  $1,000 scholarships
Creative Center – Omaha, NE:  $1,000 scholarships

*The above institutions will offer the scholarships under the condition of the student meeting the minimum requirements to be accepted to the institution and would be awarded upon admittance.

All State Committee, 2016
Devin T. Hanson – Morgan Singleton – Teri Breck
Maggie Harlow-Vogt – Elizabeth Schmelzer – Aimee Peters – Drew Pauli
2016 All State Winners

Awards Ceremony PowerPoint

On behalf of Art Educators of Iowa and the All-State Visual Art Awards Committee, congratulations and thank you to all nominees and nominating art educators.  We appreciate the time and effort it takes to compile a portfolio and complete the submission process.  Though we provide the opportunity to recognize students for outstanding work, it is the time, nurture, and support that individual teachers give students with potential that is most significant.  Please, continue to participate and encourage other teachers in your district, region, and conference to become participating members.  The more participants involved, the more students we can honor for their outstanding efforts.

Judging, 2016

This year judging was completed remotely for the first time by the following:

Tim Dooley – University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)
Kris Musto – Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, MN)
Joseph Lappie – St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA)
Clar Baldus – University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Jan Dotzler – The Creative Center (Omaha, NE)
Ben Harle – Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO)

Judging is 100% randomized and anonymous, and each individual piece is evaluated.  Essays are judged on a point scale of 0-5 Points and portfolio Images are judged on a scale of 5-10.  Out of 89 students who submitted, we are proud to announce 18 winners that make up the top 20% of submissions.  Judge Jan Dotzler stated, “As I reviewed the portfolios, it looked like design and composition were strongly pushed by the art teachers.  Kudos to them and to the student artists stepping up to the challenge.  I will always give a nudge towards creative concepts – great designs will take the artist everywhere.”  Judge Clar Baldus noted, “I enjoyed seeing all the work of these promising young artists.  Interesting visual themes throughout.”

Student scores can be viewed in their portals under each image.

Top Portfolios
The All State Committee is pleased to announce this year’s top portfolios.

2016 All State Visual Arts Awardees

Awardee School District
Faraz Mohd Dowling Catholic High School
 Luke Carey  Cedar Rapids Washington
 Lauren Brewer  Pleasant Valley High School
 Alice Tosi  Cedar Rapids Washington
 Jocelyn Tong  Dowling Catholic High School
 Kennedy Hill  Davenport Central High School/Creative Arts Academy QC
 Allie Ernster  JF Kennedy High School
 Kara Grossman  Dowling Catholic High School
 Daniel Nielsen  Dowling Catholic High School
 Issac Vasquez  Davenport Central High School/Creative Arts Academy QC
 Samantha Kragel  Linn-Mar High School
 Alex Barr  Clarke High School
 Kelsey Tope Des Moines Christian
 Carrie Norton  Bondurant-Farrar
 Amanda Erps  Dowling Catholic High School
 Shailah Harris  Davenport Central High School/Creative Arts Academy QC
 Christina Gunther  Pleasant Valley High School

  Schools with Highest Scores from Top 5 Students, 2015

High School
Dowling Catholic High School
Pleasant Valley High School
Davenport Central High School/Creative Arts Academy QC