The exhibition is an opportunity for Iowans to establish themselves as qualified professionals and talented artists. It is an opportunity to celebrate, exchange ideas and learn from each other so that the work of the individual might improve as a result of this association.
February 15. 2023
Let the good times roll! Our 65th Exhibition is here and you’re officially called to enter. We want your best identity systems, web work, ad campaigns, and more. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to send in your submissions.
Tad Carpenter is a designer, author and New York Times best selling illustrator. Carpenter co-runs the graphic design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica Carpenter where they focus on bringing powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and environmental design.
They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O’Brien, Adobe and MTV among many others. Carpenter has also worked with numerous bands on posters and tour campaigns, including John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Carpenter has written and illustrated dozens of children’s books in our marketplace today intended for adults and children of all ages.
Senior Director of Marketing & Storytelling // Jeremiah Program
Kristina is an award-winning Creative, Art Director and Brand Strategist bringing proven creative strategy, vision, communication, leadership, and management capabilities to brands in editorial, advertising and marketing. Her work has been recognized by Graphic Design USA, the AAF, and the Association of American Publishers.
With over a decade of experience working for in-house agencies, she has a focus on rethinking legacy brands, overseeing digital experiences, video production, and visual storytelling.
Kristina is currently the Senior Director of Marketing and Storytelling for the Jeremiah Program. Previously, she was Senior Creative Lead at the Southern Poverty Law Center for 10 years. She also has proudly served on the board of the American Advertising Federation-Montgomery chapter for the last 9 years and is now serving on the District level as a Regional Director for AAF District 7.
Kristina is a self proclaimed Blerd (Black + Nerd). She is the creator of The Fan Squad, an online blog for all the blerds out there that need a squad. She is the proud parent of 2 fur children—Remy LeBeau (13 years) and Shuri T’challa Turner (2 year).
Raised in South West Iowa, Sheraton has been working as a Designer and Illustrator in Minneapolis since 2001. Over his past 22 years at Charles Anderson Design Co. he’s been blessed to work with such clients as French Paper Co., Target, American Eagle, Benefit, Pop Ink, Custom Ink, Tom Hanks, Threadless, and Askov Finlayson. Over that same period of time he helped build one of the most extensive and well-respected archives of licensable artwork in existence,csaimages.com.When not designing logos, or making weird images, he can be found cooking for his wife and son in South Minneapolis while his dog Mochi begs.
Adam is a nationally recognized designer and multiple ADAI Best of Show recipient. He is passionate about helping businesses build meaningful relationships with their audiences through thoughtful brand development. Alongside the team at Now Now, Adam approaches projects holistically and partners with clients long-term.
Creative Director, Better Homes & Gardens Product at Walmart // Dotdash Meredith
Bess Lamoreux is a Creative Director at Dotdash Meredith in Des Moines for the Better Homes and Gardens Collection at Walmart. In this role, she’s been responsible for the overall creative brand direction across multiple platforms including print, digital, social, and video.
Bess graduated from Iowa State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and then spent over a decade at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City launching brands and creating compelling consumer products. In 2016, her entrepreneurial spirit took hold and she left Hallmark to launch Kansas City’s first mobile haircut truck, Box Truck Barber. Soon after opening, the business was featured on Season 3, episode 2 of Queer Eye on Netflix.
In her free time, Bess enjoys hanging out with her cute little family, hoarding books from the public library, riding her bicycle, and drinking wine with friends.
Jeremiah Elbel is the sole owner of Plastic A Designs, a graphic design studio based in Central Iowa. For almost two decades, Jeremiah has been solving problems for his clients through use of graphic design, business intelligence, and brand strategy. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design & Fine Arts from Grand View University, has been recognized in a variety of published mediums as both a designer and an artist including New American Painting, How Magazine, and Print Magazine. He holds the original Best Of Show Award from the 1st year ADAI started allowing students to compete in 2003. Jeremiah currently resides in the Southside of Des Moines with his two children, wife, and too many animals, loves the outdoors, cycling, collecting things he probably doesn’t need, and making stuff.
Art director’s annual design exhibition brings advertising professionals and students together from across iowa to showcase and award their work, and we couldn’t do it alone! Thank you to our sponsors for helping us recognize and foster creative accomplishments in iowa.