AI Student Receives Prestigious Arts Scholarship


The Iowa Arts Council has awarded its coveted Iowa Scholarship for the Arts to four of the state’s most talented high school students.

Aidan Krell of West Burlington was the recipient of the esteemed award. Krell began his artistic journey as a kindergartener in Portland, OR, where he began taking lessons from a neighborhood artist who presented a free art camp for children each summer. Thanks to the camp, he learned to use artistic techniques to express himself. He started a side business by selling his art and trading it with classmates for chewing gum. Krell explored many career options after graduating from Luther College, including professional artist, art teacher, art gallery manager, and illustrator.

Aidan Krell of West Burlington received an Iowa Fellowship for the Arts (Photo: Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs)

The Iowa Scholarship for the Arts program supports Iowa high school students with proven artistic abilities in dance, creative writing, music, theater, traditional arts, or visual arts who plan to pursue an arts major in a accredited college or university in Iowa. Each winner will receive $2,500 towards their tuition and related expenses as a full-time undergraduate student for the 2022-2023 academic year.

‘The 2020 Vision’ by Aidan Krell

“Each of this year’s fellows has demonstrated exceptional artistic promise and a dedication to continuing to develop their skills and knowledge,” said Iowa Arts Council Trustee David Schmitz. “We are thrilled that they are continuing their education here in Iowa and pursuing an education that will last them a lifetime and open up many career opportunities for them, in the arts and other creative fields.”

Three other students also received the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts, which will help pay for their college education this fall:

  • Port Buchanan, Glenwood
  • Ella De Haan, Ankeny
  • Ella Hayden, Blairstown

More information on the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is available here.


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