• Bus Wrap #1: "Untitled"
  • Nomade
    Nomade
  • A Monumental Journey by Kerry James Marshall, looking north, 25 July 2018, Commissioned by Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation
    A Monumental Journey
  • Expansion
    Expansion
  • Five Dangos
  • Swirl
  • Miffy Fountain
  • Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights
  • Bus Wrap #8: Outward
  • Pumpkin (L)
  • Liftoff

Welcome to the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation enriches lives by advancing the best of public art by placing art in public spaces in the community through public and private collaborations, adding to the cultural record through its collections and educational programs. We invite you to discover public art through-out the Greater Des Moines area.
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Featured Art this Month

  Mitchell Squire

 2019  |  Short-Term Collection
  Bus Wrap #10: Multiple Black

  Tom Sachs

 2007, fabricated in 2008 from an edition of 5 (5/5)  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1966
 American


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli


 born 1961
 American, Canadian


 1958
 American

News + Initiatives Blog

Our blog posts are a growing knowledge base of insights, stories and information. Get inspired by and delve into a breathtaking array of public art.

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Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation increasingly utilizes social media as an important method to communicate with current and prospective audiences. Facebook and other social media platforms provide diverse opportunities to share the best of public art in Greater Des Moines to people around the world.

Social media participants can witness the public art process. Followers can watch a video of installations or an interview with artists, public art professionals, and educators on particular subjects. According to the Director M. Jessica Rowe at the Public Art Foundation, people do want to see more than just having public art appear: “Rather than hoping for an audience, we want to build an audience.”

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It’s March 1st, which means we are 21 days away from the RFQ deadline for Iowa-based artists. This call is for Site 5 of the DSM International Airport Public Art Project. Visit our website for the RFQ and to learn more!

It’s March 1st, which means we are 21 days away from the RFQ deadline for Iowa-based artists. This call is for Site 5 of the DSM International Airport Public Art Project. Visit our website for the RFQ and to learn more! ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s a beautiful February day in DSM! Enjoy a walk to Hansen Triangle Park to see Kerry James Marshall’s Monumental Journey (2018) and then head across the Grand Avenue Bridge and into the East Village.

It’s a beautiful February day in DSM! Enjoy a walk to Hansen Triangle Park to see Kerry James Marshall’s Monumental Journey (2018) and then head across the Grand Avenue Bridge and into the East Village. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Announcing the RFQ for Site 5 of the GDMPAF and DSM International Airport public art opportunity. We are seeking artists / artist teams who are based in Iowa. For further information: 

https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/rfq-des-moines-international-airport-terminal-project-exterior-des-moines-iowa/

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Announcing the RFQ for Site 5 of the GDMPAF and DSM International Airport public art opportunity. We are seeking artists / artist teams who are based in Iowa. For further information:

dsmpublicartfoundation.org/rfq-des-moines-international-airport-terminal-project-exterior-des-moi...

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1 month ago
Announcing the RFQ for Site 5 of the GDMPAF and DSM International Airport public art opportunity. We are seeking artists / artist teams who are based in Iowa. For further information, see the link in bio.

Announcing the RFQ for Site 5 of the GDMPAF and DSM International Airport public art opportunity. We are seeking artists / artist teams who are based in Iowa. For further information, see the link in bio. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
This morning, we visited the tactile mural by Jill Wells at King Elementary. The mural is accompanied by a 3D plaque, enhancing the accessibility and therapeutic nature of the art experience. Thank you, Jill!

This morning, we visited the tactile mural by Jill Wells at King Elementary. The mural is accompanied by a 3D plaque, enhancing the accessibility and therapeutic nature of the art experience. Thank you, Jill! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is grateful to Bravo Greater Des Moines and its 17 local government partners for awarding the Foundation with a 2024 Operating Grant. This support is integral as we embark on new projects and programming, striving to increase accessibility to enriching Public Art opportunities in Greater Des Moines.

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is grateful to Bravo Greater Des Moines and its 17 local government partners for awarding the Foundation with a 2024 Operating Grant. This support is integral as we embark on new projects and programming, striving to increase accessibility to enriching Public Art opportunities in Greater Des Moines. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is grateful to @bravogreaterdsm and its 17 local government partners for awarding the Foundation with a 2024 Operating Grant. This support is integral as we embark on new projects and programming, striving to increase accessibility to enriching Public Art opportunities in Greater Des Moines.

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is grateful to Bravo Greater Des Moines and its 17 local government partners for awarding the Foundation with a 2024 Operating Grant. This support is integral as we embark on new projects and programming, striving to increase accessibility to enriching Public Art opportunities in Greater Des Moines. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
Formally introducing our Executive Director, Alexa McCarthy, PhD. Dr. McCarthy joined Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation in September. Dr. McCarthy was most recently a Lecturer in Art History at the University of Southern Maine and a St Leonard’s Postgraduate Fellow at the University of St Andrews. She obtained her PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2022. Her dissertation, “Carta azzurra / blauw papier: Drawing on blue paper in Italy and the Netherlands, ca. 1450-ca. 1660” explores the origins and impetus behind the use of blue paper in the early modern period. She was co-organizer of the international online conference Venice in Blue: The Use of carta azzurra in the Artist’s Studio and in the Printer’s Workshop, ca. 1500-50, the proceedings of which are currently in preparation for publication. Prior to beginning her PhD programme in 2019, Dr. McCarthy held positions at The Leiden Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Christie’s. She has published and lectured on a range of topics from early modern to contemporary art. She holds a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Formally introducing our Executive Director, Alexa McCarthy, PhD. Dr. McCarthy joined Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation in September. Dr. McCarthy was most recently a Lecturer in Art History at the University of Southern Maine and a St Leonard’s Postgraduate Fellow at the University of St Andrews. She obtained her PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2022. Her dissertation, “Carta azzurra / blauw papier: Drawing on blue paper in Italy and the Netherlands, ca. 1450-ca. 1660” explores the origins and impetus behind the use of blue paper in the early modern period. She was co-organizer of the international online conference "Venice in Blue: The Use of carta azzurra in the Artist’s Studio and in the Printer’s Workshop, ca. 1500-50," the proceedings of which are currently in preparation for publication. Prior to beginning her PhD programme in 2019, Dr. McCarthy held positions at The Leiden Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Christie’s. She has published and lectured on a range of topics from early modern to contemporary art. She holds a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago