• 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 1985
 Caribbean


 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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Today, we welcome conservators @preserve.art to assess our collection. Thank you for working with us! 
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Today, we welcome conservators Midwest Art Conservation to assess our collection. Thank you for working with us!
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1 week ago
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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2 weeks ago
Thank you to @dsmmagazine for capturing the GDMPAF installation Liftoff by Alice Aycock for the cover of the May/June issue! This artwork is located at the DSM International Airport. 
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Thank you to dsm magazine for capturing the GDMPAF installation Liftoff by Alice Aycock for the cover of the May/June issue! This artwork is located at the DSM International Airport.
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We thank you so very much Gabby and I are super excited. We will never forget this moment. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity and giving us the ability to share such a glorious groundbreaking moment we we are forever grateful thank you so very much. We appreciate you all 👯‍♀️❤️🙌🏾

The Swish project, designed by @jordan_j_weber and initiated by GDMPAF in 2019, consists of two murals honoring Yore Jieng, a 14-year-old Oakridge resident whose life was taken too soon. The first mural is painted on the basketball court at Oakridge Neigborhood and the second, painted by @jillwellsart, is on the side of Oakridge’s Building 301. To learn more, visit our website (link in bio). 
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The Swish project, designed by @jordan_j_weber and initiated by GDMPAF in 2019, consists of two murals honoring Yore Jieng, a 14-year-old Oakridge resident whose life was taken too soon. The first mural is painted on the basketball court at Oakridge Neigborhood and the second, painted by @jillwellsart, is on the side of Oakridge’s Building 301. To learn more, visit our website (link in bio).
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4 weeks ago
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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1 month ago
We mourn the loss of Richard Serra, known for his site-specific sculptures. 

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We mourn the loss of Richard Serra, known for his site-specific sculptures.

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2 months ago
We are 2 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!
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We are 2 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!
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