• 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

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

  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

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1985
 Caribbean


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli


 1874-1954
 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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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 3 weeks 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/

#artweekdsm
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Posted 3 weeks ago

Have you played our Des Moines Public Art Scavenger Hunt game?

The top 3 contestants will win works by local Des Moines artists Jennifer Leatherby, Lesley Payne and Amenda Tate.

#DSMPublicArt
#DSMUSA 
#ArtWeekDSM

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

Have you played our Des Moines Public Art Scavenger Hunt game?

The top 3 contestants will win works by local Des Moines artists Jennifer Leatherby, Lesley Payne and Amenda Tate.

#dsmpublicart
#dsmusa
#artweekdsm

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#Repost @tibich72: 
I really love this work. Its also placed in such a great location in Des Moines. Do you know where is it and whos the artist? (reminder: link to the actual contest in the bio)
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#Repost @tibich72:
I really love this work. It's also placed in such a great location in Des Moines. Do you know where is it and who's the artist? (reminder: link to the actual contest in the bio)
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#publicart #scavengerhunt #artweekdsm2020 #desmoinespublicart #desmoinespublicartfoundation #desmoines #contest #ceramics #dsmpublicart #artweekdsm #dsmusa
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Comment on Facebook #Repost @tibich72: ...

one of my dsm favorites too!

"A Monumental Journey" was inspired by the talking drum of West Africa. There African drummers communicated complex messages over vast distances by simply varying the pitch of the drum and using tone to mimic patterns of speech. With the concept of one drum-form precariously stacked upon the other, the artist Kerry James Marshall has created a powerful physical and poetic expression. The large-scale sculpture embodies the notion of communication among diverse peoples and a legal system that — though not perfect — strives to be balanced.

We are proud to partner with @Iowa Juneteenth to present the Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corp at the site of "A Monumental Journey.” 💛 🥁🖤

This special performance will be digitally streamed TODAY June 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. through DSMTV LIVE.

#juneteenth #iowajuneteenth #kerryjamesmarshall #dsmusa #drumming #drumcorps #desmoinesiowa #blacklivesmatter #publicart #dsmpublicart #talkingdrum #westafrica
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Posted 3 weeks ago

The Black Law Student Association and Drake OUTLaws invite you #TakeAWalk with your friends, family, and fellow professionals TODAY at 10 a.m. 

#TakeAWalk to the National Bar Association Memorial, “A Monumental Journey, for a brief program. As we proceed, we will walk alongside familiar and unfamiliar faces to further the dialogue about racial justice and equality.

Meet Iowa State Capitol.

The Black Law Student Association and Drake OUTLaws invite you #TakeAWalk with your friends, family, and fellow professionals TODAY at 10 a.m.

#TakeAWalk to the National Bar Association Memorial, “A Monumental Journey," for a brief program. As we proceed, we will walk alongside familiar and unfamiliar faces to further the dialogue about racial justice and equality.

Meet Iowa State Capitol.
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Charles P. Howard, Sr. was one of the 12 African-American attorneys who helped to found the National Bar Association.

Mr. Howard served in World War I in France as a First Lieutenant, having been trained in the segregated Black Army division in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Howard received his law degree in 1922 at Drake University Law School. He had an illustrious sports career and was an accomplished college athlete, teacher and coach. As a first year law student in 1920, Howard passed the bar examination, was admitted to practice law in Iowa, and defended a client in a first-degree murder charge, with an acquittal. A brilliant lawyer and outstanding crusader, he saved more than 75 men from the gallows. Howard co-founded the National Negro Publishers Association, because black newsmen were not welcomed in national publishing associations. 

By 1928, he was a county commissioner, prosecuting attorney, and publisher of The Iowa Observer. In 1948, Howard was the first black keynote speaker at the Progressive National Convention in Philadelphia that ratified the candidacy of Henry A. Wallace for U.S. president. He traveled throughout the world and promoted African unity with heads of states in Africa. He was a close friend of the celebrated American singer and Civil Rights advocate Paul Robeson. 

For more information on the 12 courageous African-American attorneys who — in Des Moines, IA — changed the course of American history and founded the National Bar Association and the sculpture A Monumental Journey that honors these brave men and women please visit:

https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/a-monumental-journey

👉 Iowa Juneteenth 2020
👉 Iowa Juneteenth

Charles P. Howard, Sr. was one of the 12 African-American attorneys who helped to found the National Bar Association.

Mr. Howard served in World War I in France as a First Lieutenant, having been trained in the segregated Black Army division in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Howard received his law degree in 1922 at Drake University Law School. He had an illustrious sports career and was an accomplished college athlete, teacher and coach. As a first year law student in 1920, Howard passed the bar examination, was admitted to practice law in Iowa, and defended a client in a first-degree murder charge, with an acquittal. A brilliant lawyer and outstanding crusader, he saved more than 75 men from the gallows. Howard co-founded the National Negro Publishers Association, because black newsmen were not welcomed in national publishing associations.

By 1928, he was a county commissioner, prosecuting attorney, and publisher of The Iowa Observer. In 1948, Howard was the first black keynote speaker at the Progressive National Convention in Philadelphia that ratified the candidacy of Henry A. Wallace for U.S. president. He traveled throughout the world and promoted African unity with heads of states in Africa. He was a close friend of the celebrated American singer and Civil Rights advocate Paul Robeson.

For more information on the 12 courageous African-American attorneys who — in Des Moines, IA — changed the course of American history and founded the National Bar Association and the sculpture "A Monumental Journey" that honors these brave men and women please visit:

dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/a-monumental-journey

👉 Iowa Juneteenth 2020
👉 Iowa Juneteenth
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Posted 4 weeks ago

S. Joe Brown was one of the 12 African-American attorneys who helped to found the National Bar Association. 

Mr. Brown was the founder and first president of the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP, the oldest NAACP unit west of the Mississippi River. 

In 1848, Brown was the first African-American graduate from the University of Iowa in liberal arts (earning Phi Beta Kappa) and from the University of Iowa Law School. Brown formed a partnership with George Woodson and practiced law in Des Moines. Most of Brown’s work involved civil, probate, and title matters. He successfully argued the first race discrimination case before the Iowa Supreme Court in 1906. He was a member of the commission that drafted the nationally noted Des Moines Plan of city government in 1907. After serving in the army during World War I, Brown secured a building in Des Moines in 1918 and started the Park Street Army YMCA for black soldiers. Following the war the YMCA continued at 12th and Crocker Streets in Des Moines.

For more information on the 12 courageous African-American attorneys who — in Des Moines, IA — changed the course of American history and founded the National Bar Association and the sculpture A Monumental Journey that honors these brave men and women please visit: 

https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/a-monumental-journey/

👉 Iowa Juneteenth 2020
👉 Iowa Juneteenth

S. Joe Brown was one of the 12 African-American attorneys who helped to found the National Bar Association.

Mr. Brown was the founder and first president of the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP, the oldest NAACP unit west of the Mississippi River.

In 1848, Brown was the first African-American graduate from the University of Iowa in liberal arts (earning Phi Beta Kappa) and from the University of Iowa Law School. Brown formed a partnership with George Woodson and practiced law in Des Moines. Most of Brown’s work involved civil, probate, and title matters. He successfully argued the first race discrimination case before the Iowa Supreme Court in 1906. He was a member of the commission that drafted the nationally noted Des Moines Plan of city government in 1907. After serving in the army during World War I, Brown secured a building in Des Moines in 1918 and started the Park Street Army YMCA for black soldiers. Following the war the YMCA continued at 12th and Crocker Streets in Des Moines.

For more information on the 12 courageous African-American attorneys who — in Des Moines, IA — changed the course of American history and founded the National Bar Association and the sculpture "A Monumental Journey" that honors these brave men and women please visit:

dsmpublicartfoundation.org/public-artwork/a-monumental-journey/

👉 Iowa Juneteenth 2020
👉 Iowa Juneteenth
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Posted 4 weeks ago