Opportunity for Johnson County Up-and-Coming Artists

By January 23, 2018 March 1st, 2018 No Comments

Summer of the Arts is excited to continue a collaborative project with Toyota of Iowa City to support and promote young, local, Johnson County artists. Creating a Legacy of Local Artists is a project aimed at supporting and encouraging emerging artists (age 18-22) to pursue a career in the arts by providing the opportunity for their first commissioned piece.

Applications are now being accepted for an opportunity to create an original piece of commissioned artwork that will be featured at the Iowa Arts Festival­­ June 1-3, then showcased at Toyota of Iowa City.  According to owner Mark Dreusicke, “Toyota of Iowa City and the Dreusicke family are pleased to again provide an opportunity for our young, local yet-to-be discovered artists.  By commissioning one of our neighbors to complete an original painting, we hope to showcase the artist’s creativity and talent to those inside and outside the community.  Toyota of Iowa City is proud to be a partner with the Summer of the Arts, and we look forward to seeing you during Arts Fest and the Friday Night Concert Series downtown! ”

Johnson County Iowa artists between the ages of 18-22 are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 1, 2018. The selected artist will be notified by April 15, 2018, and receive a commission totaling $3,000 for their original work. The piece must be completed by May 152018.

For more information, contact Summer of the Arts’ Executive Director Lisa Barnes at or visit and click on the Iowa Arts Festival tab.

Toyota of Iowa City is the presenting sponsor of the Friday Night Concert Series, just one of the ongoing events produced by Summer of the Arts, a nonprofit organization for local arts and culture events. Other festivals include the Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Free Movie Series and Iowa Soul Festival.