• 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

  Mitchell Squire

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

  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

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1944
 American


 1874-1954
 American


 born 1961
 American, Canadian


 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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1 month ago
Please join us this evening at 6:30 for a dedication ceremony for the new basketball court mural at Oakridge Neighborhood, which was designed in honor of Yore Jieng, a 14-year-old Oakridge resident who died after being struck by a stray bullet while he sat in the passenger seat of a car with his family. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Oakridge campus, 1401 Center St., Des Moines. The mural is part of a larger project by the Greater Des Moines Public Arts Foundation to revitalize public spaces in ethnically diverse and low-income areas. The @dsmpublicart foundation commissioned artist Jordan Weber to create two murals in the Oakridge Neighborhood, the first of which embodies the dreams and potential of Jieng. The project, called SWISH, is funded through the foundation’s Director’s Discretionary Fund, a GC20 Capital Project grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines and Knapp Properties LC.
Artist: @jordan_j_weber 
Illustrator: @meanzchan 
Photo: @hoodwill_gunting 
#dsmpublicart #publicart #desmoines #desmoinesiowa

Please join us this evening at 6:30 for a dedication ceremony for the new basketball court mural at Oakridge Neighborhood, which was designed in honor of Yore Jieng, a 14-year-old Oakridge resident who died after being struck by a stray bullet while he sat in the passenger seat of a car with his family. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Oakridge campus, 1401 Center St., Des Moines. The mural is part of a larger project by the Greater Des Moines Public Arts Foundation to revitalize public spaces in ethnically diverse and low-income areas. The @dsmpublicart foundation commissioned artist Jordan Weber to create two murals in the Oakridge Neighborhood, the first of which embodies the dreams and potential of Jieng. The project, called "SWISH," is funded through the foundation’s Director’s Discretionary Fund, a GC20 Capital Project grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines and Knapp Properties LC.
Artist: @jordan_j_weber
Illustrator: @meanzchan
Photo: @hoodwill_gunting
#dsmpublicart #publicart #desmoines #desmoinesiowa
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1 month ago
Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (PAF) is pleased to present “SWISH” — a public art project that commissions accomplished, qualified artists to transform basketball courts with remarkable, mural-style designs.  The process emphasizes neighborhood collaborations in ethnically diverse and low-income areas.
 
“It is an effort to revitalize public spaces, integrating art into neighborhoods where there is often little or none,” said Jessica Rowe, PAF director. “SWISH” basketball courts are canvases for creative expression that strengthen communities, inspire multi-generational play, and healthier public spaces.”
 
Most recently, Jordan Weber @jordan_j_weber was commissioned by the PAF to create murals on two basketball courts in Des Moines’ Oakridge Neighborhood, an urban public housing and human services agency.  With a support team of artists and community members, Weber has transformed the first basketball court into a design embodying the dreams and potential of a 14-year-old Oakridge resident Yore Jieng, whose senseless death was caused by a stray gunshot while sitting in the passenger seat of a car with his family.
 
“SWISH” is funded through the PAF Director’s Discretionary Fund, a GC20 Capital Project grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines @bravogreaterdsm and Knapp Properties LC. The basketball courts were engineered and repaired with sponsorship from Oakridge Neighborhood @oakridge_neighborhood 
📷 credit: @hoodwill_gunting 
#dsmpublicart #publicart #jordanweber #desmoines #dsmusa #basketball #mural #swish

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (PAF) is pleased to present “SWISH” — a public art project that commissions accomplished, qualified artists to transform basketball courts with remarkable, mural-style designs. The process emphasizes neighborhood collaborations in ethnically diverse and low-income areas.

“It is an effort to revitalize public spaces, integrating art into neighborhoods where there is often little or none,” said Jessica Rowe, PAF director. “SWISH” basketball courts are canvases for creative expression that strengthen communities, inspire multi-generational play, and healthier public spaces.”

Most recently, Jordan Weber @jordan_j_weber was commissioned by the PAF to create murals on two basketball courts in Des Moines’ Oakridge Neighborhood, an urban public housing and human services agency. With a support team of artists and community members, Weber has transformed the first basketball court into a design embodying the dreams and potential of a 14-year-old Oakridge resident Yore Jieng, whose senseless death was caused by a stray gunshot while sitting in the passenger seat of a car with his family.

“SWISH” is funded through the PAF Director’s Discretionary Fund, a GC20 Capital Project grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines @bravogreaterdsm and Knapp Properties LC. The basketball courts were engineered and repaired with sponsorship from Oakridge Neighborhood @oakridge_neighborhood
📷 credit: @hoodwill_gunting
#dsmpublicart #publicart #jordanweber #desmoines #dsmusa #basketball #mural #swish
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1 month ago

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