Initiatives

Art Route on 3rd and Locust Streets in Des Moines, Ia.

Greater Des Moines, Iowa: Installations are taking place on the regional Art Route DSM in Greater Des Moines (DSM), with locations in Downtown Des Moines and West Des Moines. Installations of thermoplastic paint in multiple crosswalks of intersections on the Art Route DSM path in Downtown are taking place this week and throughout the month. The

Cause Collective is the artist group behind The Truth Booth. (Left to right) Hank Willis Thomas, Jim Ricks and Ryan Alexeiv. (Not pictured: Will Sylvester)

Des Moines, Ia on 28-29 September 2016: The Truth Booth—a giant, inflatable, portable enclosure in the shape of a thought bubble—is crossing the United States to Des Moines, Iowa.  Its presentation in Des Moines is co-sponsored by Artist/Architect Mitchell Squire and the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation with community support. The Truth Booth is a

Located in the Horse Barn, Stall # 406, the center piece is a molded horse head used for tack display, rodeo and rope training which doubles as a camera to capture images in the barn.  Photo by M12 Studio

M12 Studio unveils a new public art project called SWITCH at the Iowa State Fair —on view through August 21, 2016.  Located in the Horse Barn, all ages are invited to explore a collection of equine (horse) objects, images and information, and take away printed materials about equine culture. During the Iowa State Fair, the images

Crosswalk rendering of "Walking Figures" concept design by artist ROADSWORTH.

First-of-its-kind, innovative project connects public art in Downtown Des Moines; expands into West Des Moines. GREATER DES MOINES, IOWA – Area leaders today unveiled details and officially launched the Art Route Des Moines path in Downtown Des Moines with a live installation of one piece of the route. The Art Route is a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind project

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Des Moines, IA — The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation announces that the artist Larassa Kabel has been commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind design which will be wrapped around a large transit bus. The project is part of the Foundation’s Project Spaces initiative, which places compelling, temporary works of art in highly accessible and

A unique public art experience in Des Moines, Iowa: The majority of the redesign of Des Moines’ Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza) by New York landscape architect, Ken Smith, was completed this past summer. The final feature of the project is a public art installation by Jim Campbell. Campbell is a renowned light artist, who

The public is invited to dip their feet in the Raccoon River as part of a public art installation by New York-based artist Mary Mattingly. The art installation, titled “Wading Bridge,” is a dock off the riverbank that lets people walk not only over the water – but in the water – as the center

5 March 2015: Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Des Moines, Iowa is one of 12 cities in the running to receive up to $1-million in funding for public art projects that address civic topics. Des Moines was among the 237 U.S. cities that applied from 45 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The Public

Des Moines, IA: From more than 50 submissions the Innovation Investors with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines have identified 4 IGNITE FINALISTS for the 2014 Challenge! A collaborative group will pitch their innovative idea to a community panel to determine the winners: first place prize of up to $30,000 and runner-up prize of

One of China’s most well-known artists, Cai Guo-Qiang, uses stark imagery to shed light on environment issues. The Ninth Wave contemplates man’s destruction of nature. The project is on view until 26 October 2014. These nightmarish scenes are not science fiction but part of a new art exhibition by New York-based Cai aims to shed

Corn Dogs and Clowns

Visit the Iowa State Fair and experience a new public art installation by Paintallica. The installation is located in the courtyard of the Jim and Patty Cownie Cultural Center. Meet members of the Paintallica during an informal conversation at 1:30PM this Saturday, 16 August 2014. Paintallica’s installations are improvised and largely specific to each site.

Ai Weiwei, internationally acclaimed Chinese dissident artist, and Navajo artist Bert Benally through a remarkable collaboration, recently created Pull of the Moon, a temporary, site-specific art installation in a remote part of Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation. Pull of the Moon is part of Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), a unique

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is looking for professional artists to submit their ideas and qualifications for this innovative public art opportunity. The Foundation encourages artists from all cultural and political backgrounds who have had experience working in the public sector. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. The 515 DSM PUBLIC

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is internationally renowned both as a maker of potent and provocative art and as a passionate advocate for human rights and freedom of expression. His art and ideas find a compelling new context in this exhibition of works created specifically for Alcatraz — a 19th-century military fortress, a notorious federal

06 | 18 | 14“H” is for Harlem

The project celebrates the Harlem community and consists of a giant letter “H,” surrounded by an oval aluminum truss, which is suspended from the viaduct. In keeping with Meeker’s past work exploring the properties of light, two different types of light-LED and white full spectrum plasma-will be juxtaposed next to one another, drawing attention to

The Pantheon in Paris – the final resting place for France’s most renowned personalities – will for the next 10 years be home to a gigantic art installation, featuring a collection of 4,000 selfies of people from around the world. Photos for the installation, entitled “Au Panthéon!” were collected by contemporary artist JR, who described

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05 | 15 | 14New App Coming May 16

The DSM Public Art app is available now for free in the iTunes Store. DOWNLOAD NOW! The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (GDMPAF) wants you to explore the diverse character of our neighborhoods with the help of a free application (“App”) called “DSM PUBLIC ART.” Want to find great public art in Greater Des

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation has been accepted into the Birdies for Charity program. This program gives qualifying charities the opportunity to receive a 25% match on the total pledges collected. Here is a direct link for you to make a donation to Public Art Foundation. Birdies for Charity is a fundraising

In mid-May 2014, a new documentary film about the Bay Bridge Lights art installation premieres at Oakland, California’s Grand Lake Theatre; it will also screen at BlueLight Cinemas in Cupertino, California. “Impossible Light,” by first-time San Francisco filmmaker Jeremy Ambers, follows artist Leo Villareal and Ben Davis through their three-year journey to complete the monumental

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