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In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the state parks in 2020, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa State University are bringing 20 artists to 20 parks this summer . From April through August, faculty and graduate student artists will be matched with a state park, creating artwork that reflects their time as artists-in-residence. “The 20 Artists, 20 Parks program highlights two important contributors to quality of life in Iowa – arts and the outdoors,” says Todd Coffelt, chief of the State Parks Bureau at the DNR. Paintings, sculpture, textiles and other art forms inspired by the park will be organized into an exhibit that will travel to at least three art venues in 2020. Additionally, each artist will return to his or her park to share a program about the artist-in-residence experience.

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