• Five Dangos
  • 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
  • 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

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

  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

  Mitchell Squire

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

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1985
 Caribbean


 born Japan, 1942
 American


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli


 born 1966
 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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@artweekdsm kicks off today! Visit their website and social media for more info. #artweekdsm #gdmpaf #publicart #desmoines

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Join me for the collage unveiling and the @artweekdsm kickoff today from 5-8 p.m. at the American Legion Post #731 (1511 S Union St. in Des Moines). We will have a collage activity and free pupusas!

Support provided by @invest_dsm, @visionary_ia, @neaarts, @iowaartscouncil, @dsmpublicart and @axios Des Moines.

Special thanks to Paris Barraza for the write-up in @dmregister and @charles_borowicz for this nighttime photo.

Image ID: Des Moines Register subheading that reads “What is happening for Art Week in the Columbus Park neighborhood on Sunday?” The photograph below is of the artist spreading wheat paste with a brush over black and white torn photographs on a red wall. There is a ladder on the left.
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2 days ago
The Principal Charity Classic is on through June 2, 2024! GDMPAF is is proud to participate in the Birdies for Charity Program through the Principal Charity Classic. All funds raised at the Principal Charity Classic go to Iowa Children’s Charities. #principalcharityclassic

The Principal Charity Classic is on through June 2, 2024! GDMPAF is is proud to participate in the Birdies for Charity Program through the Principal Charity Classic. All funds raised at the Principal Charity Classic go to Iowa Children’s Charities. #principalcharityclassic ... See MoreSee Less

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The Principal Charity Classic is on now through June 2, 2024. GDMPAF is is proud to participate in the Birdies for Charity Program through the Principal Charity Classic. All funds raised at the Principal Charity Classic go to Iowa Children’s Charities. #principalcharityclassic

The Principal Charity Classic is on now through June 2, 2024. GDMPAF is is proud to participate in the Birdies for Charity Program through the Principal Charity Classic. All funds raised at the Principal Charity Classic go to Iowa Children’s Charities. #principalcharityclassic ... See MoreSee Less

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Today, we welcome conservators @preserve.art to assess our collection. Thank you for working with us! 
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#gdmpaf #artconservation #publicart #miffyfountain

Today, we welcome conservators Midwest Art Conservation to assess our collection. Thank you for working with us!
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#gdmpaf #artconservation #publicart #miffyfountain
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GDMPAF is is proud to participate in the Birdies for Charity Program through the Principal Charity Classic. The tournament takes place May 29-June 2, 2024, and all funds raised at the Principal Charity Classic go to Iowa Children’s Charities.

@principalcharityclassic #dsmpublicart

GDMPAF is is proud to participate in the Birdies for Charity Program through the Principal Charity Classic. The tournament takes place May 29-June 2, 2024, and all funds raised at the Principal Charity Classic go to Iowa Children’s Charities.

@principalcharityclassic #dsmpublicart
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