Public Art Foundation Announces 2016 Officers, New Board Members and Emeritus Trustees

February 18, 2016  |   News
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The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is proud to welcome its leadership for 2016.

The officers were re-elected for 2016: Katherine M. Murphy, retired Vice President, Community Affairs Officer of Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations in Des Moines is the Foundation’s President. Tim R. Hickman, AIA, LEED® AP, Principal of substance ARCHITECTURE in Des Moines is Vice President. Ted M. Stuart, President of Architectural Arts, Inc. in Des Moines is Secretary and Treasurer.

“The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation makes Des Moines a ‘world class’ destination for public art,” said Kathy Murphy, president. “With the evolution of artists working in the public sphere, public art serves as an expression of the community, as well as a landmark. Today, public art has gone beyond traditional commemorative and decorative statuary. Our current culture breathes new life into our mission. We are excited about responding to artists’ methods for working in public and to improve public space and civic life through art.”

This year, the project “A Monumental Journey,” by internationally celebrated American artist Kerry James Marshall, honoring the African-American attorneys who in 1925 founded the National Bar Association will break ground. Two Iowa artists will unveil new designs wrapped around DART buses, an innovative artist collective will create a compelling temporary public art project at the 2016 Iowa State Fair, and public art in the downtown core will be united with an access path of artful sidewalks and intersections.

Three new board members were appointed to the Board of Directors. Darren R. Jirsa, art collector and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with Iowa Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, West Des Moines, Kimberly Shadur, art collector and Palliative Care and Hospice Nurse with Unity Point at Home in Urbandale, and Kim Jay Walker, attorney of counsel with The Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels in Des Moines were welcomed to the board for a three-year term.



The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Nominating Committee selected the former board member, Lois Fingerman, for Emeritus status on the Board of Directors, based on her distinguished service, active participation, engagement and philanthropic support during her board term. Fingerman served three terms on the Board of Directors, nine years total.


The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, established in 2004, recognizes that art belongs not just in galleries and museums, but in streetscapes, parks, buildings and infrastructures of a thriving community. Dedicated to envisioning, developing, advancing and promoting public art projects, the Public Art Foundation collaborates with local entities and artists to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of residents and visitors to the community. The goal is to increase awareness of our community as a world-class destination for public art. #dsmpublicart



Pamela Bass-Bookey

Lauren M. G. Burt

Paula J. Feltner

Susan M. Fitzsimmons

Jeff Fleming

Robert C. Furstenau

Martha J. Gross

Randall H. Hamilton, MD

The Honorable Christine L. Hensley

Tim R. Hickman ALA LEED® AP

Darren R. Jirsa, DDS

Khalid A. Khan, Associate AIA

Katherine M. Murphy

Anastasia “Stacy” Polydoran

Pat Schneider

Kimberly Chauncey Shadur

Ted M. Stuart

Kim J. Walker


Emeritus Status

Lois Fingerman

David Hurd (b.1929-d.2016)

Kristi Lund Lozier

Paul Mankins, FAIA LEED® AP