It didn’t take long for Lauren Dahl’s artistic career to take off. Originally from Orange City, Dahl has maintained a passion for the arts since childhood. After graduating from college with a graphic design degree, she soon decided to make her way as a Des Moines-based freelance artist.
“I started doing graphic design work for little boutiques in town, and that spread to different organizations and businesses across Iowa and even to New York,” Dahl says. “It’s a great time.”
Recently doing considerable work with murals, Dahl says a comment from a former classmate gave way to her next big mural project with Iowa FFP.
“I haven’t been to the Iowa State Fair since I was probably three or four years old, so I thought what better way to go back to the fair and experience it in a way that’s so exciting,” Dahl says. “This is different, this is fun, and I can represent Iowa through my art.”
She says another exciting element of this project is, unlike most commercial murals, she’ll be working alongside other Iowa artists completing their own murals. Dahl’s mural theme will be farming in agriculture.
“I will have some corn, farmers, their work, grain bins, kind of your typical Iowa farming icons,” Dahl says. “I think this will be a little different in a way; it’s very graphically done in a way that still represents Iowa – there are a few patterns in there. I’m excited about it.”
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