• 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)

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

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

  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

  Mitchell Squire

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

Featured Artists this Month


 1958
 American


 born 1985
 Caribbean


 
 American


 born 1955
 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.

From Our Facebook Feed

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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Public art shares stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of Iowa, especially those stories often untold. These resources are created to catalyze community conversations that can result in a shared, and fuller, appreciation of our common history — and common bonds.

Our resources engage a cross-section of individuals, as well as communities, in telling, discussing, and perhaps even producing the stories depicted in public art.

Learn more here -->> dsmpublicartfoundation.org/resources/

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Posted 1 week ago

The public art work, RAGBRAI: River to River honors two individuals, John Karras and Donald Kaul, who founded RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.

John Karras (born 1930), an avid bicyclist, is a former feature writer/copy editor for the Des Moines Register. Karras suggested to Kaul that he ride his bicycle across Iowa and write columns about what he saw from that perspective. Karras made up the name, with its unwieldy acronym as something of a joke. “RAGBRAI”, that is. There from the start, in 1973, a co-host up to the present and Karras has been a participant in most of the rides.

Donald Kaul (December 25, 1934 – July 22, 2018), also an accomplished rider, is an American journalist and pundit, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1987 and 1999. Kaul retired after three decades writing opinion columns, mainly for the Des Moines Register, where he established his liberal and satirical style. #dsmpublicart #publicart #RAGBRAI #DSMUSA #CATCHDSM #waterworkspark #bikelife @ Water Works Park

The public art work, "RAGBRAI: River to River" honors two individuals, John Karras and Donald Kaul, who founded RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.

John Karras (born 1930), an avid bicyclist, is a former feature writer/copy editor for the Des Moines Register. Karras suggested to Kaul that he ride his bicycle across Iowa and write columns about what he saw from that perspective. Karras made up the name, with its unwieldy acronym as something of a joke. “RAGBRAI”, that is. There from the start, in 1973, a co-host up to the present and Karras has been a participant in most of the rides.

Donald Kaul (December 25, 1934 – July 22, 2018), also an accomplished rider, is an American journalist and pundit, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1987 and 1999. Kaul retired after three decades writing opinion columns, mainly for the Des Moines Register, where he established his liberal and satirical style. #dsmpublicart #publicart #RAGBRAI #DSMUSA #CATCHDSM #waterworkspark #bikelife @ Water Works Park
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Posted 2 weeks ago

Today is the final day of our @artweekdsm scavenger hunt! To participate visit link in bio. 
The top 3 contestants will win works by local Des Moines artists Jennifer Leatherby, Lesley Payne and Amenda Tate.
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#dsmpublicart #artweekdsm #artweekdsm2020 #desmoines #dsmusa #publicart #scavengerhunt

Today is the final day of our @artweekdsm scavenger hunt! To participate visit link in bio.
The top 3 contestants will win works by local Des Moines artists Jennifer Leatherby, Lesley Payne and Amenda Tate.



#dsmpublicart #artweekdsm #artweekdsm2020 #DesMoines #DSMUSA #publicart #scavengerhunt
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Posted 1 month ago

Have you checked out our Art Week Des Moines Scavenger Hunt!? This leaf-shaped public work is 15ft in diameter and 11ft tall. Its a water fountain, and, hint, located very close to yesterdays clue. Do you know where it is and whos the artist? 

To participate visit: https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/des-moines-public-art-scavenger-hunt/

#artweekdsm

Have you checked out our Art Week Des Moines Scavenger Hunt!? This leaf-shaped public work is 15ft in diameter and 11ft tall. It's a water fountain, and, hint, located very close to yesterday's clue. Do you know where it is and who's the artist?

To participate visit: dsmpublicartfoundation.org/des-moines-public-art-scavenger-hunt/

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Posted 1 month ago